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Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn (maize, Zea mays var. everta) that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Popcorn is able to pop because, like amaranth grain, sorghum, quinoa, and millet, its kernels have a hard moisture-sealed hull and a dense starchy interior (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

 Natural flavors like pineapple, milk casein, or hydrolyzed soy protein may be used in microwave popcorn, for example — yet you won’t see them on the ingredient list. You’ll see words like “flavoring” or “natural flavoring.” Words like “emulsifier” or “binder” can also hide the fact that soy or egg is in the product (WebMD, nd).

Common Uses:

Popcorn is commonly eaten in movie theaters. This snack is usually served salted or sweetened. In North America, it is traditionally served salted, often with butter or a butter like topping, with toffee or spices. However, sweetened versions, such as caramel corn and kettle corn, are also commonly available (Wikipedia, nd).

Amount Per 1 oz (28.4 g)

Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.2 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.3 g
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 78 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Dietary fiber 3.6 g 14%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 3.1 g 6%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 8%

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