Posted by: SASHA | 2004/01/13


Hi doc. You said that unbuttered popcorn contains 21,8 g of fat per 100g. I dont understand. If I dont put oil or butter on my popcorn how can it contain any fat. There is no fat in the corn itself is there?

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Dear Sasha
The values in the SA Food Tables are for plain popcorn which is presumably made by popping the corn in some hot oil - hence the fat content. If you pop the corn in a microwave without any fat whatsoever, then it would probably contain the same amount of fat as whole, dried corn kernels, namely about 4g per 100g. However, I seem to recall that if one buys microwave popcorn the mix does contain some fat. Unfortunately, the Tables do not list the values for popcorn made without any fat.

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