New Research Shows Eating Low-Fat Popcorn as a Daily Snack Can Curb Hunger, Support Weight Loss

Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn helped study participants stick with their weight loss diets

Orville Redenbacher's 94 percent fat-free SmartPop! popcorn is 100 percent whole grain and a good source of fiber. (Photo: ConAgra Foods)

OMAHA, Neb.--()--ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) one of North America’s leading food makers, announced today new research indicating that a daily snack of Orville Redenbacher’s 94 percent fat-free SmartPop!® popcorn can help dieters maintain reduced calorie eating plans while still feeling full and satisfied. In the study, 94 percent of participants said the daily 100-calorie snack of 100 percent whole grain popcorn helped satisfy hunger and 85 percent credited SmartPop! with helping them stay on track with weight loss.

The study, conducted by leading cardiologist Dr. James Rippe and his research team, was presented Saturday at the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society in San Diego, Calif., where renowned leaders in the obesity field revealed cutting-edge research.

“When compared with other 100-calorie snacks, popcorn has several distinct advantages for controlling hunger which in turn can help prevent overeating and make losing weight easier,” said Dr. Rippe, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute. “Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! is 100 percent whole grain, a good source of fiber and low in fat. It’s also a high volume food meaning you can actually eat more since six cups of Smartpop! has less calories and fat than one cup of regular potato chips.”

While any reduced calorie diet can lead to weight loss, a key for sustaining momentum is satisfaction with the eating program. “Most interesting to us was that even after eating SmartPop! popcorn daily for 12 weeks, people were highly satisfied with it and attributed part of their dieting success to the snack,” said Kristin Reimers, PhD, Nutrition Manager, ConAgra Foods. “The simple act of seeing the large amount of popcorn in a 100-calorie serving helped study participants maintain their weight loss programs without feeling like they were on a restrictive diet.”

The research study found that participants who consumed a 100-calorie portion of Orville Redenbacher’s 94 percent fat-free SmartPop! Butter or Kettle Corn varieties every day for 12 weeks, as part of a reduced calorie diet with moderate cardiovascular exercise, lost an average of 13 pounds, reduced waist circumference two inches, lowered body mass index two points, and reduced body fat by two percent. At the end of the study, 97 percent of participants reported healthier snacking habits and 73 percent said that snacking on popcorn helped them feel more emotionally satisfied than their usual snacks.

This study is part of ConAgra Foods’ ongoing research into the benefits of using popcorn as a smart snack choice for weight management. Snacking on popcorn is a simple dietary improvement that is a convenient and great-tasting way to help people stick with reduced calorie diets while also increasing their consumption of whole grains and fiber.

About Orville Redenbacher’s

Orville Redenbacher’s 94 percent fat-free SmartPop! popcorn is 100 percent whole grain, a good source of fiber and contains zero grams of trans fat and zero milligrams of cholesterol. What’s more, whole grains support heart health and previous research has shown that popcorn consumers get more than twice the amount of whole grains as is typical in the U.S. diet plus 20 percent more total fiber. SmartPop! is available in full-sized and 100-calorie bags to help manage caloric intake. Visit www.orville.com for more information.

About the Rippe Institute

Founded by James M. Rippe, M.D., Rippe Lifestyle Institute is one of the leading research, communication and health promotion organizations in the world. Through research, publishing and partnering in health promotion and disease prevention projects, the various divisions and two locations of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute are helping empower people to lead healthier lifestyles with the passion, commitment and performance that have made Rippe Lifestyle Institute a leading authority on lifestyle and health. For more information, please visit www.rippehealth.com.

About ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), is one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

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Contacts

ConAgra Foods
Becky Niiya, 402-240-5312
becky.niiya@conagrafoods.com
www.conagrafoods.com

Release Summary

ConAgra Foods announced new research at the Obesity Society conference indicating that a daily snack of Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! popcorn can help support weight loss by curbing hunger.

Contacts

ConAgra Foods
Becky Niiya, 402-240-5312
becky.niiya@conagrafoods.com
www.conagrafoods.com