Popcorn Nutrition: Low In Bad Stuff, High In Good Stuff

If you are in search of a great snack food option that is low in calories, fat, and sodium – consider popcorn.  The nutrition in popcorn as well as what is does not have in it makes popcorn a compelling choice for your next movie night.

Don’t think for a minute we are talking about movie theater popcorn here.  That is about as healthy as eating a cheeseburger.  It is delicious, but it’s certainly not healthy.  No, we are talking about simple air popped popcorn.

One of the great things about popcorn is that it is a true snack food.  By that we mean you can put it in a bowl and snack on it for several minutes, satisfying that urge to eat for a while.  What you don’t get from air popped popcorn however, that is included in a bag of chips, is some of the bad stuff.

For starters, popcorn is very low in fat, and of the fat it does have, almost none is saturated fat (the bad fat).  Popcorn is also low in calories, contains no cholesterol, and has virtually no sugar or sodium in it.  What it does have is fiber.  In fact, a 4 cup bowl of air popped popcorn will add 4.6 grams of fiber to your diet.  That’s 20% of what you need all day and you get that fiber for only 120 calories.

If you haven’t tried it in a while give it a shot.  Get yourself a good air popper and make a batch of popcorn for your next movie night.  Just be careful not to add back the bad stuff like salt (sodium) and butter (saturated fat).  Learn to eat popcorn in all of its natural glory without these additions and you will have a new healthy snack to watch in front of the TV without guilt.

Lessons Learned:

  • to keep popcorn healthy make it air popped popcorn
  • popcorn is high in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and sodium and has no cholesterol
  • popcorn satisfies the craving for a food to snack on in front of the TV

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