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Popcorn: Fun Facts # 2

Popcorn is one of my another favorite snack. My favorite flavors are Original and Kettle corn . Did I tell you that I become an extremely greedy person when it comes to sharing my popcorn. I JUST CANT SHARE MY POPCORN. Oh that reminds me, I wrote a whole post describing an incident and a popcorn prank that we played .

You should read this post, I promise that you will like it : Stay away from my popcorn. 😀

Popcorn Fun Facts:

  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 52 quarts per man, woman, and child.
  • How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
  • If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!
  • National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the Super Bowl falls on.
  • During the Great Depression starting in the late 1920’s in America, bags of popcorn sold for 5 to 10 cents making popcorn an affordable snack for families down on their luck
  • Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks there is. It is a whole grain food that is low in calories and fat, but is rich in carbohydrates.
  • The majority of popcorn consumed is eaten in the home
  • Heat and pressure make popcorn pop. This is because popcorn kernels have moisture inside and when they are heated, this moisture turns into steam and the steam builds into pressure. When that pressure gets high, the kernel then explodes and the popcorn then “pops” into what we know and love as popcorn.
  • The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.

Nutritional Information

PoppyIt’s hard to believe a snack food that tastes so good can actually be good for you! With suggestions from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA), there’s no doubt popcorn is a perfectly sensible snack to fit into any meal/fitness plan.

  • Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.
  • When lightly buttered, popcorn contains about 133 calories per cup.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a good-for-you food.
  • Popcorn provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates
  • Popcorn contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet.
  • Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
  • Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar-free.
  • Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn’t spoil the appetite.
  • 3 cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.
  • Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn’t spoil an appetite.

Original Popcorn Game ideas by Aditi 😀 :

Popcorn skewers: Give 1 wooden skewer to your guests and ask them to insert 1 popcorn at a time in the skewer,  with the time limit of 1 minute.

Popcorn Shower: Make two persons sit on opposite chairs. One person has to throw 1 popcorn at a time on other person’s head . By the end of the time limit count the popcorn stuck in hair. Couple with the maximum popcorn in hair wins.

The Great Popcorn Challenge : Set out bowls full of popcorn at one end of the room, empty bowls at another. Teams must transport the popcorn from the full bowl to empty, using a measuring cup/ladle

Information about the “fun facts” taken from below mentioned links:

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