Every Question About Popcorn: Answered | Wholefood Earth®

Welcome to Wiki Popcorn

Wholefood Earth's Popcorn is one of the most popular brands of popcorn on Amazon UK. As such, we get more questions regarding popcorn than a cinema worker with an "Ask me about our snacks" written on their forehead. 

We've compiled every question we've been asked regarding popcorn. Keep 'em coming; we’ll keep updating this blog with new questions.

Question Categories

  1. Health
  2. Nature
  3. Diet/Choice
  4. History
  5. Animal Wellbeing
  6. Tragedy
  7. Misc.

Health

Is Popcorn Healthy?

The healthiest form of popcorn is air-popped and lightly seasoned. Popcorn is an efficiently healthy snack. This is because popcorn is a whole grain and high in fibre. Whole grains have been linked to aiding in lowering the risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and other health problems.

Are Popcorn Kernels Bad for You?

Popcorn kernels themselves are not inherently bad for human beings. They are non-toxic and safe to ingest. However, they do pose a risk of being a choking hazard. Crunching them can damage teeth. In severe cases, ingesting large amounts of popcorn kernels can cause a mass collection in the intestinal tract. These masses are known as bezoars; small bezoars may pass on their own or with the help of medication. Sizeable bezoars may require surgery.

Can Popcorn Cause Constipation?

It depends on the type of popcorn and the volume in which it is consumed. Movie theatre popcorn or popcorn laden with butter have high-fat contents. Not only does it contain a lot of calories, but the fat content may also cause constipation. Popcorn is high in insoluble fibre, which may cause bloating if consumed in high amounts. It may also cause flatulence in people with IBS. 

Can Popcorn Give You Diarrhoea?

Naturally, air-popped popcorn should not cause diarrhoea in its consumer. While popcorn is rich in insoluble fibre, consuming high amounts of it is more likely to cause bloating rather than diarrhoea. If a consumer is experiencing these symptoms after consuming popcorn, it is far more likely to have been caused by other factors. In that case, Suppose as the lactose content or other additives in your popcorn topping.

Can Popcorn Make You Fat?

On its own, air-popped popcorn will not cause weight gain. It’s the popcorn toppings and add-ons you have to look out for. There are many forms of popcorn candied, caramel, buttered, extra butter, cheesy; the list goes on. These are the types of popcorn one should seek to avoid as they are the ones with the highest calorie counts. Along with excessive amounts of sugar, fat, sodium and salt, these types of popcorn often also contain several different types of chemicals and additives.

Why Is Popcorn Good For You?

Air-popped, unflavoured popcorn is mainly made up of carbohydrates. It is low in fat whilst high in fibre. Popcorn does contain some vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and some B vitamins; however, not in any significant quantities. In addition to fibre, popcorn also is a good source of polyphenols. Antioxidants have been linked to better blood circulation and improved digestive health.

Can You Eat Popcorn When You’re Pregnant?

Popcorn is one of those snacks which has quite a few nutrients. Air-popped, unflavoured popcorn is mainly made up of carbohydrates. It is low in fat whilst high in fibre. A whole-grain popcorn contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and some B vitamins suitable for pregnant women. 

Is Popcorn Fattening?

Even though it is much more filling than many other snack foods, it can still be fattening if you overeat it. On its own, air-popped popcorn will not cause weight gain. It’s the popcorn toppings and add-ons you have to look out for.


Why Is Popcorn Bad For You?

Oftentimes pre-made popcorn contains high levels of salt or sodium. Overeating sodium may cause high blood pressure and lead to other health problems. Added butter, sugar, and salt can make popcorn an unhealthful snack.

Will Popcorn Make You Bloated?

Popcorn is high in insoluble fibres, which may cause bloating when consumed in very large amounts. It may also cause flatulence and distention in some people with IBS.

Will Popcorn Make You Fat?

On its own, air-popped popcorn will not cause weight gain. It is popcorn toppings and add-ons you have to look out for. Even though it is much more filling than many other snack foods, it can still be fattening if you overeat of the unhealthy versions of it.

Can Popcorn Upset Your Stomach?

Naturally, air-popped popcorn should not cause an upset stomach. While popcorn is rich in insoluble fibre, consuming high amounts of it is more likely to cause bloating rather than distention. 

Will Popcorn Help You Poop?

Popcorn is rich in insoluble fibre. Consuming moderate amounts of it may help with acquiring more regularised bowel movements.

Will Popcorn Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Popcorn does not raise blood sugar levels. Popcorn offers people with diabetes a low-sugar and low-calorie snack option. As long as it is air-popped and kept free of any sugary add ons, it will not increase a person's blood sugar levels by a significant amount, making it a safe choice between meals.

Nature

Are Popcorn Kernels Seeds?

Short answer? Yes. Each kernel of corn is actually a seed that contains an embryo (a baby plant) and a seed coat for protection. Popcorn seeds are filled with a starchy endosperm that provides food for the seedling when it's planted.

Can Popcorn Expire?

Popcorn retains its moisture for about 6-12 months. Most popcorn in microwavable bags has with an expiration date of about eight months. Popcorn can still be eaten after the expiration date; however, consuming it after more than two months of its expiration date has passed may result in some very dry popcorn.

How Is Popcorn Made?

Popcorn is made by heating up the kernels. Water and oil inside the seed heat up and soften the surrounding starch. The surrounding shell is so tough that the water can’t escape when it initially boils into steam. As the steam becomes even hotter, the pressure builds up inside the seed. The pressure becomes so high that the seed coat bursts, creating the fluffy crunch kernels we all know and love.

How Popcorn Pops

Heat is applied to the dried kernels, the droplet of water within the kernel converts to steam, and pressure begins to build. Once the hull can no longer hold the pressure of the steam, the kernel explodes.

How Popcorn Works

Heat is applied to dried kernels, the water droplets in the kernels convert into steam, and pressure begins to build. The pressure builds until the hull can no longer hold the pressure of the steam, and the kernel explodes and expands. Creating the airy, fluffy popcorn, we all know and love.

Why Popcorn Pops?

Popcorn pops when heat is added to the kernels. Each kernel has water droplets within which, when heated, create high-pressure levels within the kernels. Once the kernels are heated enough, the kernel hull reaches its breaking point and finally pops.

Can Popcorn Go Out Of Date?

Popcorn can still be eaten after the expiration date; however, consuming it after more than two months of its expiration date has passed may result in some very dry popcorn. Popcorn retains its moisture for about 6-12 months. Most popcorn in microwavable bags has an expiration date of about eight months.

How Is Popcorn Made From Corn?

Popcorn comes from the cultivation of the Zea mays (Z.mays) variety of flint corn plants. A special kind of flint corn. There is evidence suggesting that corn was domesticated about 9,000 years ago from a grass known as Teosinte in modern-day Mexico. Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years.

How Are Popcorn Kernels Made?

Popcorn kernels are grown from the cultivation of the Zea mays (Z.mays) variety of flint corn plants. Once the plant has fully grown and matured, the corn ears are left on the stalks (with protection from bugs and birds) to dry out. These dried kernels are then used for making the delicious popcorn we all know and love.

How Are Popcorn Seeds Made?

Once the corn plant has fully grown and matured, the corn ears are left on the stalks (with protection from bugs and birds) to dry out. These dried kernels are then used for making the delicious popcorn we all know and love.

What Popcorn Is Made Of

Popcorn is made out of the popped corn kernels from the Zea mays (Z.mays) variety of flint corn plants.

Where Does Popcorn Come From?

Popcorn comes from the kernels of the Zea mays (Z.mays) variety of flint corn plants.

Why Popcorn Pops When Heated

 Each kernel has water droplets within which, when heated, create high-pressure levels within the kernels. Once the kernels are heated enough, the kernel hull reaches its breaking point and finally pops.

Will Popcorn Go Stale Overnight?

Sealed popcorn can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. If no salt, butter, or seasoning has been added to the popcorn, it will keep for at least one week. Avoid refrigeration as this is likely to make the popcorn go soggy or stale.

Will Popcorn Husk Dissolve?

Popcorn husks do not dissolve.

Will Popcorn Pop In Butter?

Popcorn kernels will pop in butter; however, be careful of the heat when popping the kernels. Butter does burn quicker than other fats.

Diet/Choice

What Popcorn Is Gluten-Free?

Popcorn is naturally gluten-free and suitable for most people with gluten sensitivities or coeliac disease. However, some individuals react to gluten that may also be sensitive to certain proteins in corn. Further, there are commercial products that may be cross-contaminated with gluten or include glutenous ingredients.

What Popcorn Is Healthy?

The healthiest form of popcorn is air-popped and lightly seasoned. Popcorn is a whole grain and high in fibre, making it an efficiently healthy snack. Whole grains have been linked to aiding in lowering the risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and other health problems.

Are Popcorn Carbs?

Popcorn does contain carbs; however, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One-fifth of the carbohydrates in popcorn comes in the form of dietary fibre. This makes popcorn a good snack for overall health.

Is Popcorn Gluten-Free?

Yes, popcorn is naturally gluten-free and suitable for most people with gluten sensitivities or coeliac disease. However, there are commercial products that may be cross-contaminated with gluten or include glutenous ingredients.

What Popcorn Has The Least Calories?

The healthiest form of popcorn is air-popped and lightly salted.

What Popcorn Is Good For You?

Plain, air-popped popcorn is the healthiest form of popcorn.

What Popcorn Is Vegan?

Popcorn is naturally vegan. Although, you should be on the lookout for any additives or extra ingredients in its commercially packed, highly processed varieties.

Which Popcorn Has The Least Calories?


Plain, air-popped popcorn is the healthiest form of popcorn as it has no extras or add-ons.

Which Popcorn Has The Most Butter?

Artificially flavoured microwave popcorn is the variety with the highest butter content and fat, sodium, saturates, and salt.

Which Popcorn Is Good For Weight Loss?

Plain, air-popped popcorn is the healthiest form of popcorn for weight loss. As it has no extras or add-ons.

Which Popcorn Is Healthy?


The healthiest form of popcorn is air-popped and lightly salted.

Which Popcorn Is Vegan?

All popcorn is naturally vegan. Although, you should be on the lookout for any additives or extra ingredients in its commercially packed, highly processed varieties.

History

How Was Popcorn Invented?

There is evidence suggesting that corn was domesticated about 9,000 years ago from a grass known as Teosinte in modern-day Mexico. Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years. There is Fossil evidence from Peru to suggest that corn was popped as early as 4700 BC!

Who Made Popcorn?

Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years. There is Fossil evidence from Peru to suggest that corn was popped as early as 4700 BC!

Who Discovered Popcorn?

There is evidence suggesting that corn was domesticated about 9,000 years ago from a grass known as Teosinte in modern-day Mexico.

Who Owns Popcorn?

No one owns popcorn itself. However, there are several different popcorn companies with their own popcorn recipes.

When Popcorn Was Invented

Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years. There is Fossil evidence from Peru to suggest that corn was popped as early as 4700 BC! Through the 19th century, popcorn kernels rose to popularity in the United States. They were sold on the East Coast under the name of Pearls or Nonpareil. 

When Was Popcorn Banned At The Movies?

Popcorn was briefly banned from theatres during the era of silent films. This was due to cinema managers believing that the consumption of popcorn by the patrons was too loud, and its smell distracted the viewers from keeping up with the plot.

When Was Popcorn Discovered?

There is Fossil evidence from Peru to suggest that corn was popped as early as 4700 BC. 

Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years.

Where Do Popcorn Kernels Come From?

Popcorn kernels come from the kernels of the Zea mays (Z.mays) variety of flint corn plants.

Who Invented Popcorn?

Archaeologists discovered people have known about popcorn for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples of modern-day Mexico and Peru.

Why Is Popcorn Eaten At The Movies?

Popcorn was a trendy snack to be consumed at the cinema as a bag of popcorn was relatively cheap (at the time). During the great depression, many cinemas suffered and failed. Due to this and popcorn's raging popularity with street vendors. Many cinemas opted to incorporate it in their cinema parlours.

Animal Wellbeing

Can Popcorn Kill Dogs?

Plain, unsalted, air-popped popcorn cannot harm your dog in any way. However, suppose the popcorn consumed contains high levels of fat and sodium, typically found in highly processed. In that case, microwave popcorn can lead to dehydration in the short term and obesity in the long term for your pup.

Are Popcorn Kernels Bad For Dogs?

Popcorn kernels can get stuck in your pup's teeth and also pose a real threat as a choking hazard. Best to keep them away from any curious dogs.

Will Popcorn Hurt Dogs?

No, plain, air-popped popcorn can make an occasional nice treat for your dog. 

Tragedy

My Popcorn Won't Pop

Popcorn that won’t pop has probably been left out too long and no longer contains the necessary moisture for it to pop.

What To Do When Popcorn Doesn't Pop

Put the unpoppable popcorn kernels in a jar.

For every cup of kernels, add one teaspoon of water.

Place a lid on the jar, shake well, and let sit for 1-3 days. 


This will help rejuvenate the kernels, allowing them to reabsorb the moisture necessary for proper popcorn.

Why Is Popcorn Not Popping?

When popcorn does not pop, it is usually due to a lack of moisture within the kernels.

Misc.

What Popcorn Do Cinemas Use?

Most cinemas use the traditional yellow kernel, also known as butterfly popcorn, because it has “wings” after it pops. More recently, producers have created a hybrid form of popcorn kernel for people with diverticulitis. This kernel is a white hulless popcorn.

Where Is Popcorn Made?

Popcorn is cultivated widely within the United States and is widely used for export. Popcorn can be made in several different ways, using an air popping machine on the stovetop, in the microwave.

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