January 3rd, 2018

Carmel Corn Competition: It’s On!


We’ve scoured supermarkets and restaurants to find healthy FFactor™ approved food swaps for high-calorie favorites. Now you can satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your waistline.*

Salty, yet sweet: this two-faced treat is neat.

In attempt to not be so overtly corny, let’s cut right to the chase. A 2012 study published in Nutrition Journal found popcorn to be more satiating than potato chips for normal-weight adults… But that’s old news: that popcorn has grown stale. Fast forward (no movie pun intended) to more recent years, and air popped popcorn has solidified a pretty great rap for itself in the world of healthy snacking (all hail, Skinny Pop!). Why? Compared to other snacks, it’s low fat, voluminous, and contains fiber (check, check check!) But are all air popped kernels deserving of A+ accolades? We HATE to be bearers of bad news, but the answer is no. Luckily, you always have options. Angie’s array of Boom Chicka Pop popcorns, for one, are known to be among the healthier popcorn options on the snack aisle. But are your cravings, well, complicated? If you long for treats that are at once salty and sweet, back far away from the Boom Chicka Pop: a serving of their Salted Caramel popcorn packs 8 grams of sugar, and that’s more sugar than two McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and an order of their hash browns, combined. Can you say, boom chicka-womp-womp!?

But don’t get discouraged: there’s a more intelligent choice on the market for a sweet-n-salty treat: Smartfood Delight Sea Salted Caramel air popped popcorn. Not only does Smartfood Delight have half the amount of sugar as Angie’s, but it has 37% less fat per serving too. And while serving per serving Smartfood may only have 10 calories less than Angie’s, it’s the nutritional punch Smartfood Delight provides that really brings it to the top of it’s class. Made with 100% whole grain popcorn, Smartfood is a wise choice because it packs in 4 grams of fiber per serving—that’s double the amount of fiber in the Boom Chicka Pop, and 3 times the protein too. It contains no artificial flavors or preservatives either, so you don’t need to be such an Einstein to know that when the craving pops up, you should make the smarter, more delightful choice and stick with the Smartfood.


TO JOURNAL THIS PRODUCT: SmartFood Delight Sea Salted Caramel popcorn – 19g carbohydrate, 4g fiber

*Are you interested in having a product featured in Factor-In/Factor-Out? Contact Jessica Rossman for details.