The Healthy Benefits of Popcornopolis


Manager: “Hey, Bill, we’ve got some ad space we need to fill on the front. Here’s the list of our usual…”

Bill: “Hmmm… ‘fat free’ -nope; ‘vitamins and min-‘ nope; ‘low in -‘ nope, it’s not low in anything except nutrition…”

M: “C’mon, man, it has popcorn. Popcorn’s healthy, right?”

B: …..

M: “Oh. Right. Hmmm. Looks like we’re gonna have to pull from the Emergency Terms.”

B: “American-made and gluten-free it is.” …”We’ve still got a lotta space at the top -”

M: “I know! Non-GMO!”

B: “IS it?”

M: “Who cares? The stuff has 52% of your saturated fat in a cup!”

B: …”I’ll adjust the serving size, too.”


©2019 Chelsea Owens

23 thoughts on “The Healthy Benefits of Popcornopolis

  1. Whoa! You nailed that! I’m on a mission to educate people that ‘low fat’ doesn’t mean ‘low calorie’ and that ‘low sodium’ doesn’t mean ‘low sugar and fat’. Usually when they want to make something ‘low x’, they do a trade off in order to keep the flavor acceptable to customers. Fat, sugar and salt provide flavor. If one of those is ‘low’ or ‘non’, usually the others have been bumped up to compensate on taste. If people want ‘healthy’, they have to look at the entire picture. And the serving size…don’t get me started on that. Can of soup? One person, right? Nope, usually they figure two even though that’s not the way most consumers eat. Besides, it lowers their numbers on all the bad ingredients.

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      1. I’m fine with people eating whatever they want to eat, but I do like for them to understand what that is. Misleading advertising causes lots of problems. Now if they’ll just fix the whole Best By/Sell By/Expiration Date thing, we’ll be much better off. People throw out perfectly good food because they don’t understand what those mean. Shoot, do even the manufacturers know what those mean?

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