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The all natural healthy American snack!

Fun Popcorn Facts

  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 52 quarts per man, woman, and child.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • "Popcorn is a good diet food, because it is high in fiber and has few calories," says R.C. Anantheswaran, Ph.D., a Department of Food Science researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Popcorn is high in carbohydrates, and has more protein and iron than potato chips, ice cream cones, pretzels and soda crackers, according to The Popcorn Institute.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain.
  • 3 cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.
  • Of the 6 types of maize/corn—pod, sweet, flour, dent, flint, and popcorn—only popcorn pops.  
  • Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop.
  • Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that it has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
  • Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.
  • The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.
  • How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
  • 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.
  • If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!
  • January 30th is National Popcorn Day!

 

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