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Popcorn can be a healthy snack, but you need to mind the added ingredients.
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A single cup of air-popped corn has only 30 calories. A one ounce serving – 3 full cups – is still less than 100 calories. And, it has 3 grams of fiber to boot.
Most people, however, do not eat their popcorn this way. In fact, the most common format is movie-theater popcorn. Beyond the gigantic portion size, the popcorn is soaked in unhealthy fats and sodium. A large tub can easily reach 1000 calories, with over 50 grams of saturated fats – 250 percent of the daily recommended maximum! If you do purchase popcorn at the movie theater, opt for the smallest size possible.
Shoot for popcorn with less than 100 mg of sodium per serving and less than 10 grams of sugars per serving.
When it comes to pop-at-home popcorn:
- avoid preservatives such as TBHQ (may cause nausea, delirium, and ringing of the ears)
- in microwavable popcorn, a common ingredient used to create a buttery flavor is diacetyl. Avoid it, as it may lead to respiratory illnesses.
- avoid artificial sweeteners, which are sometimes used instead of sugar.
Note: If you have children under the age of 4, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NOT serving them popcorn due to the risk of choking.
Popcorn can be a very healthy snack!