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Hulless Popcorn: Myth or Fact?

Posted by Rose Augustyn on

Its time to set the record straight. There really is no such thing as hulless popcorn. The hull of the kernel is the seed, so naturally, all popcorn has a hull. Also, popcorn is held together by the hull. A kernel becomes the fluffy popcorn we know and love by exploding (hence "pop"corn) and turning inside out.  The dark piece of popcorn, deep inside the popcorn, is the hull!

The leading complaint of popcorn consumers is the kernel gets stuck in their teeth. So, the next logical step is to get hulless popcorn, when in reality, hulless popcorn is just popcorn made from a smaller kernel that still contains a hull. The hull of the kernel is the seed, and popcorn cannot exist without a seed. However, smaller hulled popcorn, when popped, is smaller, tenderer and less noticeable.  When it pops, the hull breaks up into smaller pieces and does not get noticed in your teeth. 

In addition, a study done by scientists at the University of Scranton found that the hull of popcorn is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.  These antioxidants are known as polyphenols, which help prevent damage to cells in your body. So the next time you want a healthy snack, don't be so quick to pass up the popcorn. Add it to your daily fruits and vegetables, and you will have yourself a snack packed full of disease-fighting antioxidants! However, you may be contradicting those antioxidants by smothering your popcorn in butter, salt and cheese. 

Finally… a breakdown of the pros and cons of hulless popcorn: 

The pros of "hulless" popcorn: safer for people with braces and may be easier to digest for some people.

The cons of "hulless" popcorn: a smaller variety is available for consumers and is slightly more expensive than regular-sized hulls. 

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