Here are 14 Interesting Popcorn facts.
1-5 Popcorn Facts
1. Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the USA. – Source
2. Popcorn was banned from movie theaters in the 1920’s because of the noise it made while eating it. – Source
3. Popcorn became popular during the Great Depression because it was fairly inexpensive. – Source
4. There are popcorn hammers which heat popcorn in a pressure vessel so that it can’t pop until it is released, at which point all kernels pop simultaneously. – Source
5. There is nothing inherently technical or necessary in a microwave popcorn bag. You can make microwave popcorn in a brown paper bag with normal kernels. – Source
6-10 Popcorn Facts
6. The inside of a popcorn kernel becomes a gel right before it pops. The popcorn shape is due to the rapid cooling of this gel. – Source
7. Butter flavoring in microwave popcorn commonly contains a chemical called diacetyl. Despite evidence that suggests inhalation may be harmful or even fatal, the FDA recognizes the chemical as perfectly safe. – Source
8. Huge amounts of popcorn are used to simulate oil spills without affecting the environment. – Source
9. Popcorn was once sweetened and eaten as a breakfast cereal in the United States. – Source
10. Popcorn dates back to around 3600 BC. – Source
11-14 Popcorn Facts
11. A medium popcorn & soda combo is the nutritional equivalent of eating three-Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter. – Source
12. The first food deliberately cooked in a microwave was popcorn. – Source
13. The first corn domesticated by the ancient people of Central America was popcorn. – Source
14. In 2011, in Latvia, a man shot another man dead in a movie theater for eating his popcorn too loudly. – Source
How many ounces is a pat?
It is borderline insanity to say that a medium popcorn and soda is nutritionally equivalent to three quarter pounders with cheese.
From the protein and carbohydrate content, to the ratios of fats (yes, even with coconut oil), to fiber and micronutrients, they are not similar, at all.
With a lot of cocunut oil the saturated fat content can climb, but that is the only similarity, and even that is a stretch.
It’s shocking that any group of people that claim to be scientists can be so shockingly ignorant of basic nutrition.