Popcorn during pregnancy: benefits and risks

Can you eat popcorn while pregnant? Popcorn can be a nutritious and healthy snack since it is high in fiber, low in calories, and is also a whole grain. However, some ways to consume popcorn are less suitable for pregnant women than others due to the fat and sugar content.

What are popcorn

Popcorn is a food made from whole, unprocessed corn kernels with no added additives or ingredients.

Nutritional values

Popcorn is a whole grain that adds complex carbohydrates and fiber to your diet — one serving of popcorn can provide about 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of whole grains for an adult.

Popcorn is low in fat and calories: without seasoning, it contains only 387 calories per hundred grams, without seasoning. They contain no cholesterol or sugars.

A serving of popcorn contributes about 8 percent of the Daily Value for iron and, to a lesser extent, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

In terms of vitamins, popcorn contains essential vitamins including folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and vitamins B6, A, E, and K.

How popcorn is eaten and prepared

Depending on personal tastes, popcorn is generally eaten after sprinkling it with:

  • Sale
  • Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Miele
  • Chocolate
  • Nutella
  • Orange and vanilla sugar
  • Bulk butter

But the recipes for consuming this product are almost infinite; there are even those who eat them sprinkled with bacon and parmesan and those who like them with spicy pepper.

There are also different methods of preparation:

  • In a pan, a drizzle of oil or without
  • In the popcorn machine
  • In the microwave

Health benefits

Popcorn has benefits for your health. But you have to try to eat them plain: if you crave a little extra flavor maybe toss them with a small amount of salt or a healthy oil.

In addition to being high in fiber, popcorn contains phenolic acids, a type of antioxidant . Antioxidants counteract the phenomenon of oxidative stress.

Additionally, popcorn is a whole grain, a product known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease .

In addition to reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease , eating popcorn without a lot of added salt or butter may help lower your blood pressure or reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.

Finally, the high fiber content, in addition to the low calorie content, helps to avoid weight gain.

Popcorn and gestational diabetes

Popcorn is a good snack for women with gestational diabetes as it does not affect blood sugar levels.

Again, it’s important to be careful of what you put on top of the popcorn. Women with gestational diabetes should prefer a light dressing with a little salt and avoid sweet or high-fat dressings.

Popcorn in pregnancy, conclusion

Popcorn is a healthy food.

A popcorn snack can be healthy and nutritious or very rich in calories, salt and fat: it all depends on the seasoning and preparation, so be careful what you put on the popcorn.

Katherine Johnson, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with clinical expertise in general obstetrics and gynecology, family planning, women’s health, and gynecology.

She is affiliated with the Obstetrics and Gynecology division at an undisclosed healthcare institution and the online platform, Maternicity.com.

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