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10/12/11 12:12 A

Thought of it as a whole grain

JOYFULME01 Posts: 596
10/11/11 10:01 P

Great question! I had not thought about popcorn being a vegetable. Would it be considered a "whole grain?"

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5/9/11 11:18 A

it may not be a veg but is a great snack if you keep away for the fatty additions. My brother in law has it with eggs & veg for brewakfast

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5/7/11 12:18 A

agree. pop corn is not a vegetable but a grain. It is air dried thus, giving its appearance. You can munch on this, provided you use a low fat butter to help curb down your junk food cravings.

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5/6/11 6:18 A

Thanks so much for the explanation. So no more popcorn thinking it a a veg

THISYEARSMODEL Posts: 3,292
5/5/11 12:30 P

NASFKAB, I answered it but will explain it another way:

Popcorn does not count as a vegetable. It is a grain because it is dried, it is a different species of corn than what you eat on the cob, and most importantly, is not eaten in "plant" form. I'm pretty sure popcorn doesn't contain as many phytonutrients.

Corn that you eat as a vegetable, such as corn on the cob, frozen corn, etc., is still in a plant form, and retains the plant-form nutrients, so it's a vegetable...a starchy one, but a vegetable nonetheless.

Edited by: THISYEARSMODEL at: 5/5/2011 (12:37)
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5/5/11 9:04 A

Good question how to get an answer????????????

ISMILETOO Posts: 263
5/5/11 8:55 A

I never thought about that. Although, I eat alot of air popped popcorn. Great question.

THISYEARSMODEL Posts: 3,292
5/4/11 3:02 P

Yep, they're totally different things. When I was a kid I lived in a Midwestern state that grew a lot of it, and there were different fields for popcorn varieties, animal feed, and the stuff that is corn on the cob. They're harvested at different stages, too. Corn on the cob is sometimes called "green corn" because it's harvested from a live plant.

If this makes more sense, it's probably similar to the difference between wheat grass or wheat sprouts, which are plants, and wheat flour, which is obviously no longer a plant and is a grain. A dietitian could probably explain it better, but that's my understanding of it.

Edited by: THISYEARSMODEL at: 5/4/2011 (15:11)
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5/3/11 8:42 P

Had no idea that popcorn was a different species to ordinary corn but its all the same thing?

THISYEARSMODEL Posts: 3,292
5/3/11 1:11 P

No, it counts as a grain--probably because it's dried, which would make the vitamin content different than say, fresh corn on the cob. (Popcorn is also a different species of corn than what you eat fresh.)

JEANIE71 Posts: 260
5/3/11 11:36 A

good question... I don't know?

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5/3/11 11:02 A

If corn counts as a veg why not popcorn???????????????????

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
5/3/11 4:42 A

No, its really not.

Corn is a grain.

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5/2/11 8:12 P

Yeah but its a vegetable too ! emoticon

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
5/2/11 2:21 P

*laughs* no it certainly does not.

Corn is a grain/starch/carbohydrate.

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5/2/11 7:41 A

I figure its a vegetable because it is just corn. Does anyone know if it counts towards your veges? Its pretty low in calories if air popped without salt and butter and it tastes good too!

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