One day in the mood for popcorn, I visited the local Stop & Shop. I did not want just any kind of popcorn. I specifically wanted natural flavored popcorn that did not contain any milk in the ingredients. On that day the only brands of natural flavored popcorn available (without milk) were one made by Nature’s Promise called Organic Natural Flavor Microwave Popcorn and the other from Stop & Shop called Kapop Natural Light popcorn. Stumped by indecision, I chose them both.
The two boxes of popcorn were of the same size at 9 ounces and each included three 3 ounce bags of popcorn.
The Taste Test
KaPop- This popcorn despite it being natural flavored had a delicious buttery taste to it. The texture of the popcorn was very airy and when fresh out of the microwave seemed to melt in the mouth. The taste of the popcorn was delicious but the residue it left was not pleasant; the popcorn left a very oily and salty residue on my fingertips. When I reached in and out of the bag, my hands glistened with oil. The inside of the Kapop popcorn bag was laden with salty oil and, as I reached near the bottom of the bag, the popcorn seemed to get saltier, so much so that it made my lip tingle.
Nature’s Promise- This popcorn is the best tasting out of the two. The taste and smell resembled movie popcorn. The taste was also very delectable and light. There was a perfect balance of salty and buttery flavor. The flavor was very light. There was no overpowering taste of butter or salt. Flavoring was minimal, but just enough to satisfy taste. There was also very little oil on the popcorn. When I reached in and out of the bag my fingers were completely free of oil and salt residue! I was amazed at how healthy and light this popcorn tasted, I even noticed that the kernels were much smaller when compared to Stop and Shop Kapop popcorn.
What’s wrong With Kapop!
There are many things wrong with this popcorn. Although the taste might be savory its nutritional content is very poor. For starters, partially hydrogenated soybean oil is listed as one of the main ingredients, and the sodium content is very high at 250mg per (2 tbsp) serving! When popped, there are about 30 calories and 15 calories from fat, 5 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 2 grams of trans fat per serving. Ingredients include popcorn, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and salt.
These grams of fat in the Stop & Shop Kapop popcorn might seem miniature but let’s face it, when people eat popcorn they typically (and often times unintentionally) consume triple the serving size. These grams of fat (trans fat) and sodium will add up.
Nature’s Promise Is just right!
This popcorn is just heavenly. It is fluffy and light and the nutritional content is not faulty like its counterpart, but is much healthier. One of the first things to notice is that of the ingredients partially hydrogenated soybean oil is missing, which means no trans fats, which means better for the heart. When popped Nature’s Promise contains just 20 meager calories, 5 calories from fat, 1.5 g of fat and .5g of fat per 1/3 bag serving. The sodium content of Nature’s Promise popcorn is relatively low at only 190 mg per serving.
The ingredients include organic popcorn, organic palm oil, and salt.
Nature’s Promise wins this battle without a doubt, it is guilt free consumption and healthier for your heart.
Nature’s Promise Organic Natural Flavor Microwave Popcorn gets 5 out of 5 rating.
Stop and Shop Kapop gets a 2.5 out of 5 rating. (It has a nice taste, but it is just not healthy.)
Nature’s Promise is Tops’ Friendly Markets’ new brand of natural and organic products. This product line includes bread, frozen vegetables, dinners, sweets, eggs, cereal and meat.