Popcorn lovers, rejoice!

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a seasonal celebration of the most beloved snack in America. Families and friends gather to honor this ever-popular treat. Whether stovetop, microwave or ready-to-eat, we consume 13 billion quarts each year of this wholesome, whole grain.

Facts about popcorn:

- This was developed mainly in the US Midwest.
- Back in 300 AD, ancient Peruvians turned corn into a snack and called it Pisancalla.
- The scientific name of this is Zea Mays Everta.
- It was discovered in New Mexico and is over 5,000 years old.
- The popcorn machine was invented in 1885 by Charles Cretors.
- Popcorn kernels can pop up in the air up to 3 feet high.
- The most top-selling popcorn in the world is Orville Redenbacher.

Celebrated for its seed-to-snack simplicity, it is also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and naturally low in fat and calories. This makes it an easy fit for the dietary conscious and it’s budget-friendly.

What makes it a smart choice:

  • It is high in fiber which contributes enough vitamins and minerals to help boost the power of the brain. Similarly, this improves the circulation of blood flow throughout the brain which aids the memory to function well.
  • It contains antioxidants from polyphenols which, moreover, make it healthier than fruits and vegetables.
  • The high concentration of polyphenols in popcorn has the ability to block the enzyms where cancer grows. In addition, it prevents inflammation, plaque buildup, and cardiovascular disease.
  • A small amount can contain enough fiber to make big impact in regulating intestinal digestion.
  • It's a diabetic-friendly snack that doesn't contain too much and absorbable carbohydrate that causes a slow rise in blood sugar.
  • Compare to spinach, it is more loaded with iron that helps iron deficiency.

Pop up a bowl and celebrate the Popcorn Month with friends and family. For a special seasonal snack, learn why popcorn pops, history, corny facts, recipes and more, you can explore everything at www.popcorn.org.