Popcorn is a Healthy Whole Grain Snack

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  • Popcorn is a "good-for-you" snack that is a fun and convenient way for you to meet your daily intake of whole grains.
  • What Makes Popcorn a Whole Grain?
    Whole grains include all three parts of a grain: the bran, the endosperm and the germ. The Bran is the multi-layered outer skin that protects the kernel from damage by weather, water, pests and disease. It contains antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber.  The endosperm in the middle of popcorn provides energy to the plant and is the largest part of the kernel. It contains starchy carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. The nutrient-packed germ is the embryo of the plant that will reproduce if fertilized by pollen. It contains B vitamins, some protein, minerals and healthy fats. In contrast, refined grains have been stripped of the bran and germ.
  • Pop Up Three Cups for a Whole Grain Serving
    The Dietary Guidelines recommend that we follow an 1800 to 2000-calorie meal plan containing six servings of grains daily, with at least three of these servings being whole-grain. It's not all that difficult to get those three servings! One serving of whole grains is equal to just one ounce.
  • What Counts as an Ounce Equivalent of Grains?
    3 cups popped popcorn
    1 slice whole wheat bread
    1 /2 cup cooked oatmeal
    1 /2 small (2 ounce) whole wheat bagel
    1 /2 whole wheat English muffin
    1/ 2 cup brown rice or whole wheat pasta
    5 whole wheat crackers
    6-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
    Popcorn Boosts Overall Nutrition
    Popcorn provides a full complement of nutrition benefits, including dietary fiber, protein and B vitamins. By adding other healthful ingredients to popcorn you can make your own delicious, quick and easy snack mix.
  • Check out the benefits of the following "mix-ins":
  • 2 tablespoons whole almonds add protein, iron and fiber
    1 /3 cup chopped dried fruit adds iron and fiber
    2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese adds protein and calcium
    2 tablespoons soy nuts adds fiber and calcium
    2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds adds protein and fiber
    1 /2 cup dry unsweetened cereal adds iron and B vitamins
    10 pretzel sticks adds B vitamins
  • Popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, which increases the feeling of being full and helps to steady blood sugar levels.
    The fiber in popcorn, in conjunction with a low-fat eating plan, may help lower fat and cholesterol.
    Popcorn helps aid in weight control as part of a healthy, low-fat, balanced eating plan. Popcorn can be incorporated as a satisfying low-fat snack, reducing your cravings for other high-fat, high-calorie snacks.