Who can resist the smell of freshly popped popcorn? If you take into consideration what popcorn.org reports, not many can. Americans consume about 16 billion quarts which equates to 51 quarts for every person each year. That translates to almost 20 million cubic yards, or enough to fill up approximately 3,700 football fields one foot deep.
About 70 percent is eaten in the home while the rest is consumed in movie theaters or other venues like sporting events. Most people buy unpopped popcorn if consuming it at home. With popcorn fundraisers, customers typically prefer to buy it already popped, and with plenty of flavor.
1. Popcorn Can Be Healthy
Most associate it with going to the movies, but popcorn is a snack that can be enjoyed anywhere. Depending on how it’s prepared, some consider it to be a healthy food. Compared to many snack foods it’s also low in calories. If air-popped, popcorn has about 31 calories per cup as opposed to 55 calories when oil-popped.
Antioxidants are substances that are known to help delay or even prevent certain types of cell damage. Popcorn contains what are called polyphenols. According to Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, “Popcorn has more antioxidants in total than other snack foods that you can consume and it also has quite a bit of fiber.” Learn more about the health benefits of eating popcorn at thehealthyhomeeconomist.com.
2. You Don’t Always Get What You See
If you drive through the Midwest, you’ll see endless acres of corn being grown. Many believe that this is grown for food that people consume, yet those acres are typically field corn which are used for livestock feed. This differs from sweet corn and popcorn.
3. Popcorn Comes in 2 Basic Shapes
When popped, popcorn is shaped like a snowflake or a mushroom. Snowflake-shaped popcorn is larger and takes up more space and is thus used in movie theaters and ballparks. Mushroom-shaped popcorn doesn’t crumble as easily so it’s used for candy confections.