Healthy Living Tips  |  Posted 01.19.16

Is Popcorn a Healthy Snack?

Is Popcorn a Healthy Snack?

Looking for a snack food that’s actually good for you? Look no further than popcorn. 

The unprocessed, whole-grain treat has more healthful plant chemicals, known as polyphenols, than a serving of fruit or vegetables. Want to know where most of those nutrients and fiber are hiding? In the husks — those little brown piece that always get stuck in your teeth. 

Just remember that popcorn is only as healthy as the way you prepare it. Microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as the air-popped kind and twice as much fat than if you were to pop the kernels in oil yourself. 

Air-popped popcorn packs just 100 calories in a three-cup serving, while the oil-popped version (sans butter) contains 55 calories per cup. Invest in an air popper for oil-free kernels. Season with your favorite spices, like salt, pepper and rosemary, or cinnamon, cumin and cayenne pepper.

Source: Cleveland Clinic Wellness