Is popcorn healthy?


Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn (maize) that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated.

Depending on how it is prepared and cooked, it may turn out to be a healthy food or a calorie loaded snack!

Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber, low in calories and fat, and free of sugar and sodium. This makes it an attractive snack to people with dietary restrictions on the intake of calories, fat, and/or sodium.  Its healthy!

However, for the sake of flavor, large amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium are often added to prepared popcorn, which can quickly convert it to a very poor choice for those on restricted diets.

Popcorn is commonly eaten in movie theaters. It is traditionally served salted, often with butter topping. Sweetened versions, such as caramel corn are also commonly available. This makes it high in calories. 

 “A medium-size buttered popcorn” contains almost 29 g of saturated fat,as much as three Big Macs.

It is recommended to eat plain popcorn (non-flavoured) or lightly salted popcorn.

So, enjoy your movie with a big bowl of plain pop-corn minus the aerated drink!

2 thoughts on “Is popcorn healthy?

  1. Bernard Clyde May 4, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I had no idea that popcorn was naturally pretty healthy for you. It’s good to know that there is food like this that is not only delicious but also fairly health to snack on. It helps to have a type of snack that can help curb your appetite without making you too unhealthy.

    • Ameya October 19, 2017 / 1:30 am

      yes, but the flavoured popcorn is not healthy (cheese, caramel etc).

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