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Popcorn is a good-for-you snack that is a fun and convenient way for you to meet your daily intake of whole grains.

Popcorn is a healthy whole grain - the kind linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease. And popcorn fans, there's even more good news: People who eat popcorn every day consume 250 percent more whole grains and 22 percent more fiber than those who don't, according to a study from The Center for Human Nutrition in Omaha, Nebraska. Popcorn is especially tasty when seasoned with some spicy ingredients.

Popcorn Trimming Tip: Have low-fat microwave popcorn instead of an equal amount of boxed caramel popcorn.

Bacon Popcorn? Yep! Cook some bacon and reserve the rendered fat. Transfer the bacon fat to a heavy pot over medium-low heat. Add kernels and follow package directions to pop popcorn. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

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IMPORTANT! Buy Organic Popcorn

The Environmental Working Group has reported that 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered. "Almost all field corn is genetically modified to contain a bacteria, called bacillus thuringensis, that is also an insecticide," Lunder says.

The FDA says microwave popcorn is one of the foods still most likely to contain trans-fats, an ingredient you won't find in organic varieties. In studies, chemicals in the lining of microwave popcorn bags and faux butter flavoring have been associated with lung disease as well as Alzheimer's disease.

According to the National Corn Growers Association, each American consumes about 25 pounds of corn per year. Best to avoid those nasty GMOs and pesticides and go organic.

October is National Popcorn Popping Month.

Keep popcorn fresh and encourage more kernels to pop by storing in the freezer. Don't even thaw the kernels before putting them in the popper. The additional moisture will actually improve their performance.

Popcorn won't pop? The kernels may have dried out. Soak them in water for about 5 minutes, then drain and try again. Or freeze them for a day or so.

Benjamin Franklin described how American Indians popped popcorn. They put sand in an iron pot and placed it over the fire to heat. Then they mixed popping kernels in with the sand. The hot sand made the kernels pop. Then all was poured through a sieve to separate the sand from the popped kernels.

Did you know?

Unbuttered popcorn has fewer calories than most snack foods. Try sprinkling it with crushed herbs or spices. You can also keep calories down if you use a hot air popper. It pops without oil.

The average American consumes 59 pounds of popcorn per year.

In 1866, William Oberton applied for the first popcorn popper patent. His popper had a circular basket with a handle; it was shaken over a fire.

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