My name is Yanick, and Im an addict. Im addicted to popcorn.
They say that one of the first steps to recovering from any addiction is admitting that you have a problem. So there; I said it. And Im eating popcorn at this very moment.
People smile when I admit that Im addicted to popcorn. They tell me: Thats not so bad. Popcorn is healthy. They just dont know how much popcorn I can eat. I try to maintain control, but sometimes I cant stop myself.
Today is going to be tough. Its National Popcorn Day! Imagine the possibilities. I went to the popcorn site and saw all the pictures of popcorn, all the recipes not a good place for an addict.
Friends and loved ones have even given me popcorn as gifts. For Christmas, I received two boxes of caramel corn with cashews and almonds. Yummy! I love nuts, but not as much as I love popcorn, which I can eat straight no chaser.
On the plus side, popcorn isnt bad as snacks go. Popcorn made in oil on the stove is 55 calories per
cup, according to The Popcorn Board. If you air-pop it, the calorie count falls to 31.
Of course, those stats apply to people who consume popcorn in moderation. The popcorn people report that the average person eats 51 quarts a year and that the national total is 16 billion quarts. I have no idea how much I consume, but Im probably an outlier who skews the numbers.
So now you know my salty little secret. Im in need of a 12-step program, and I want your support. But if we ever find ourselves sharing popcorn at a movie or elsewhere, my hand will be competing with yours in the container. Just saying.
Yanick Rice Lamb, co-founder and publisher of FierceforBlackWomen.com, teaches journalism at Howard University.
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