Whether it’s for an at-home movie night or simply for an afternoon snack, popcorn can be a light snack or a little treat. For those of you with a salty tooth, ever reached the end of a big popcorn bag and thought, “wait, I really ate the whole thing?”
Well, many factors encourage popcorn overconsumption. Plus, between the “small” movie theatre popcorn bag and the classic shop-bought size, it can be confusing as to what is a “normal” portion. But if you eat smartly, it can be good for you!
According to a study on factors of popcorn overconsumption, 2 main factors would cause it:
In fact, study participants who received a bigger popcorn portion tended to eat 30% more in average! Since the bags in movie theatres are oversized, they encourage people to eat more than needed.
The results of the study mentioned earlier revealed that individual popcorn portions in movie theatres ranged from 8 to 20.5 cups. All these options are higher than the recommended portion of USDA, which is of 3 cups per day.
Have you noticed that there are now jumbo and family-sized bags in movie theatres? Popcorn alone is not very energy-dense. But if you add lots of salt and butter like movie theatres do, the nutritional value of popcorn is considerably affected.
In fact, a large popcorn bag can contain up to 75% of the daily energy need of an average adult (which is 2000 calories per day). Plus, the same portion has 174% of the daily lipid need.
And depending on the movie theatre and where the popcorn is made, the large size can contain 436 to 2038 mg of sodium, which represents up to 90% of the recommended daily salt quantity.
Popcorn is characterized by its association to movies, sports on TV, and theatres. In each scenario, your attention is brought elsewhere than on what you eat and your feeling of satiety.
Here are 2 tips to eat popcorn moderately during your next movie night:
It will help you fill full! Enjoy your movie!
Popcorn is rich in fiber and protein. If it’s consumed with just a little bit of salt and vinegar, it can make a healthy and nutritious snack. Simply be careful with your quantities.
You can also pimp your popcorn as you wish to satisfy your salty tooth, or even your sweet tooth (caramel popcorn… Yum!)!
Popcorn is not a great option... But it can become one if you season it yourself! And it’s perfect for your little midday or evening cravings!
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