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With the current trend for popcorn as a healthier snack, I was intrigued by some of the newer types and flavours out there. I was cutious about the sweet and heat flavour, especially since it has lime which cuts through the chilli.
When you open the bag, you can mainly detect lime rather than chilli. The popcorn is a slightly orange colour, which hints to the chill flavouring, although there is also cayenne pepper in the ingredients which may affect the colour.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this flavour wise, but when you first try it, it's the lime that's the overwhelming flavour, the chilli is an aftertaste which takes me slightly by surprise. Towards the end of the bag, I found this flavour a bit overwhelming, but this may be because I am not a big fan of spicy foods. Anyone more used to heat may like this build up of heat intensity. I found the lime cut through the chilli, but towards the end of the bag, this was less effective, and I had to rely on a glass of water to help control the heat flavour.
This isn't as crunchy as other types of popcorn that I have tried, including the sea salt from this range, and while this may put some people off, I still ate away.
Would I buy this again?
I'm undecided, as while I wouldn't have put lime and chilli as two flavours that would go together, they do work, and at 76 calories in a bag of these, they are a moreish, healthy snack. I did feel it was a little too spicy for me though.
I bought some Metcalfes skinnt topcorn in the heat and sweet flavour as part of my healthy eating plans for the new year. I had been making myself popcorn to snack on and also eaten popcorn which came in my Graze boxes so when I saw more unusual flavours produced by Metcalfes I thought I would give it a go.
The popcorn I bought was heat and sweet and was in poundland, it was a multipack of 4 so at 25p per 17g bag i thought it was pretty good value compared to the 79p bags I had been buying fro another brand.
The corn appears healthy with regard to nutritional values with 76 calories per bag and 2.9g of fat it was comparable to others I had and of course since it was a sweet version I expected it to be slightly sugary, the contents is 3.4g per bag which isn't great but my rationale was that its better than a chocolate bar.
My partner tried the popcorn before me, one day I came home and an open bag was on the counter, I asked if he liked it, his reply was that it is the worst popcorn her has ever tasted; so I gave it a go and I have to agree!
It has a bright orange covering, a bit like a wotsit and whilst the smell is ok and reminded me of sweet chilli snack a jacks (which I love) they taste was pretty awful. The pack says its combines the flavours of sugar, chilli, lemon, paprika, garlic and cumin and for me these flavours just do not work and it is nothing like the sweet chilli kind of taste I had expected. They were also kind of soft and I didnt enjoy the texture.
I also tried the sweet and salt flavour which were nice and had the texture I expected - unlike the heat and sweet.
Big thumbs down from me, whilst they were reasonably priced, and the texture of the sweet and salt popcorn was fresh and bouncy the taste was not good at all.
METCALFE'S USES REFINED SEA SALT ON THEIR POPCORN
According to numerous articles, this is extremely unhealthy.
According to these articles, REFINED sea salt is extremely unhealthy, but UNREFINED sea salt contains many minerals other than sodium, which balance the sodium.
UNREFINED SEA SALT
Natural salt is a prime condiment that stimulates salivation and helps to balance and replenish all of the body's electrolytes.
The natural iodine in these salts protects against radiation, atomic fallout, and many other pollutants.
Unrefined sea salt supplies all 92 vital trace minerals, thereby promoting optimum biological function and cellular maintenance:
Here is a partial list of the minerals found in unrefined salt and their function in human metabolism:
Sodium: Essential to digestion and metabolism, regulates body fluids, nerve and muscular functions.
Chlorine: Essential component of human body fluids.
Calcium: Needed for bone mineralization.
Magnesium: Dissipates sodium excess, forms and hardens bones, ensures mental development and sharpens intelligence, promotes assimilation of carbohydrates, assures metabolism of vitamin C and calcium, retards the aging process and dissolves kidney stones.
Sulfur: Controls energy transfer in tissue, bone and cartilage cells, essential for protein compounds.
Silicon: Needed in carbon metabolism and for skin and hair balance.
Iodine: Vital for energy production and mental development, ensures production of thyroid hormones, needed for strong auto-defense mechanism (lymphatic system).
Bromine: In magnesium bromide form, a nervous system regulator and restorer, vital for pituitary hormonal function.
Phosphorus: Essential for biochemical synthesis and nerve cell functions related to the brain, constituent of phosphoproteins, nucleoproteins and phospholipids.
Vanadium: Of greater value for tooth bone calcification than fluoride, tones cardiac and nervous systems, reduces cholesterol, regulates phospholipids in blood, and a catalyst for the oxidation of many biological substances.
REFINED TABLE SALT
Inorganic sodium chloride upsets your fluid balance and constantly overburdens your elimination systems, which can impair your health.
When your body tries to isolate the overdose of refined salt you typically expose it to, water molecules must surround the sodium chloride molecules to break them up into sodium and chloride ions in order to help your body neutralize them. To accomplish this, water is taken from your cells, and you have to sacrifice the water stored in your cells in order to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride.
This results in dehydrated cells that die prematurely.
Refined table salt contains added iodine, which may indeed have helped eliminate the incidence of endemic goiter, but has conversely increased the incidence of hypothyroidism.
Refined table salt lacks all trace minerals.
Refined salt contains anticaking agents such as ferrocyanide, yellow prussiate of soda, tricalcium phosphate, alumine-calcium silicate, sodium aluminosilicate. All work by preventing the salt from mixing with water, both inside the box and inside the human body. This prevents the salt from doing one of its important functions in the organism: regulating hydration.
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