Kettle corn combines salty and sweet flavors in one bite. The snack was originally found at fairs and carnivals, but today you can find kettle corn at your local grocery store. One such maker of microwavable popcorn is Pop Secret. When you turn to Pop Secret's kettle corn for a snack, you should first understands its nutritional value.
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The serving size for popped Pop Secret Kettle Corn is 4 cups, which is the equivalent of 3 tbls. of the unpopped popcorn, according to the nutrition label. When considering the nutritional value of the popcorn, keep the serving size in mind. As a frame of reference, each bag of popcorn contains three servings.
A 4 cup serving of Pop Secret Kettle Corn contains 180 calories, which includes 120 calories from fat. A calorie is a unit of measurement representing the amount of energy in a food, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The amount of calories you need to eat each day will depend on your age, weight and activity level. If you eat 2,000 calories a day, a serving of kettle corn is equal to 9 percent of your total daily caloric intake.
Pop Secret Kettle Corn contains 13 g of total fat per serving, amounting to 20 percent of the recommended daily maximum fat intake if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet. The fat in the popcorn includes 2.5 g of saturated fat and 5 g of trans fat. The Food Guide Pyramid recommends limiting saturated fat intake to no more than one-third of total fat intake, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Trans fats, too, should be strictly limited because excessive intake can is linked to heart disease.
A serving of Pop Secret Kettle Corn contains 150 mg of sodium per serving, amounting to 6 percent of the recommended daily intake. Sodium intake should be limited to no more than 2,400 mg daily because higher intakes may cause hypertension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Remember that the sodium content in the popcorn does not include any salt you add after popping. A quarter teaspoon of salt contains 590 mg of sodium.
Pop Secret Kettle Corn contains 15 g of total carbohydrates per serving. The total carb content is equal to 5 percent of the recommended intake if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet. The carbohydrates in the popcorn contain 3 g of dietary fiber, amounting to 13 percent of the recommended intake value.
Many foods contain small amounts of protein, including Pop Secret Kettle Corn. Each four-cup serving of the popcorn contains 2 g of protein. The Food Guide Pyramid does not make a protein intake recommendation as it does for other nutrients because deficiencies are so uncommon in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration reports.
Vitamins and Minerals
Kettle corn will not do much in helping you meet intake goals for many of the essential vitamins and minerals. However, each serving does contain 2 percent of the recommended daily intake value for iron.