ACT II Popcorn – Popcorn is one of my most favorite snacks. It is a whole grain snack and so very good for health. And slowly it became favorite of my daughter too.
I started making ACT II popcorn at home, just because it was very simple to make. But I never ever looked at many other aspects of this packaged foods. I was never so happy with ACT II popcorn. But preferred it as there was no other option available in the market.
My disappointment was because, whenever I purchased ACT II popcorn packets in bulk and kept at home; they would not pop after a few days time. Though the expiry date was months away, many times the entire packet’s content would go unpopped.
But I kept ignoring this until I purchased my last pack. The usual flavours would come with Palm oil. So this time I got the Butter Delight flavour.
When I opened the pack, it was loaded with butter (I thought so). I literally had to squeeze out that liquid fat. I don’t know was it loaded with this much of butter. Never witnessed this with any other flavours.
I went to check the ingredients, I was shocked to read that there was not even 1% of butter used in the whole pack. It was all palm oil only. Butter was just at the flavour.
The corn is not of good quality again, many months before the expiry date also the corn kernels remain unpopped.
When I squeezed out that oil out of the pack, I could get more than half a bowl of oil from a 150 gm party pack.
The pack contains no nutritional value too. 100 gm of ACT II popcorn contains 602 calories and 42 grams of fats which is a lot more than a toddler’s need.
Conclusion: I regretted giving this packaged popcorn to my little one. It did no good for her health. Instead, she was eating unwanted flavours and fats.
Solution: Popcorn is very much healthy for adults and kids. But they are healthy when made freshly with real ingredients.
I tried making a batch of loose corn kernels, and they turned out to be too good. It required a minimal amount of groundnut oil and some salt. Additionally, none of the kernels remained unpopped.
And I stopped getting this rubbish in my house now, for the sake of my child’s health.