Watch out for ... the popcorn

Surprisingly eating popcorn is not as bad as you might think.

However, the secret is where and how you eat them. From being healthy, they can become your worst enemy ...

Many are the myths that surround popcorn, and the delicious pleasure of eating it in front of a good movie. And here we want to demystify and clarify some aspects of them. In the end, as in everything, achieving a balance, and being aware of the way you eat is what determines when a food is good or bad for you.


  • Popcorn has many polyphenols, which are a group of chemicals that have antioxidant effects in the body, reducing not only degenerative diseases, but also cholesterol.
  • They have enough fiber to help fight constipation.
  • Vitamin E, which is extremely beneficial in metabolic processes and in the circulatory system as a vasodilator.
  • They contain Vitamin B1, known as Thiamine, which helps convert carbohydrates into energy that your body requires to function.
  • They have a satiating effect, and at the same time, they contain few calories.

BUTOOOOOO ..... It all depends on where you eat it and how you do it.

  • At the movies, have you seen oil recycled over and over again? These burned oils are toxic to the body, apart from the fact that the type of oil used, generally cheap, industrial type, contains saturated fats, which far from helping your body to rid your circulatory system of bad cholesterol, has the exact effect contrary.
  • Butter squirting. If you are one of those who likes to suck the butter from your cocalecas (as they say in the Dominican, or Cotufas in Venezuela), I hope you know that you are also adding cholesterol to your arteries, you are consuming calories per bucket and if the popcorn could be healthy ... no more.
  • Salt. If you love to feel the salt cut your lips and your eyes squeak with the high salt content. You should know that excess salt, instead of helping water circulate in your body, causes you to retain it, your blood pressure to rise and your weight to skyrocket.
  • Transgenic corn. We have talked in other notes (highlighted here) about what GMOs are, and how industrial corn is one of the ones that has the most alterations in its DNA, and the effects on your health.

In conclusion, popcorn per se is not bad and here I give you a couple of tips so that they remain healthy and you can enjoy them

  • Eat the natural popcorn, do not dip it in butter.
  • Popcorn has its natural delicious flavor, do not add salt, and if you do, just a touch.
  • Try to eat non-microwave popcorn, use natural grains and oils like coco when you prepare them at home.
  • If you are going to indulge in eating them at the movies, try to see that the machine is not burning the oil, nor that it looks black from the use of burnt oil. It demands that the freshly prepared be served almost in front of you.

Enjoy your movie, we don't want to make you bitter, but you won't like the end of the movie if you leave it with a few extra pounds due to bad habits!

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