Want to buy your popcorn already popped? The good news: trans fat is hard to find. The bad news: you could end up with 600 calories’ worth of popcorn coated with sugar, saturated fat, and salt.
Even uncoated popcorn can pad your belly and boost your blood pressure. Expect 280 calories in 4 cups of Trader Joe’s Popcorn with Herbs & Spices. (The chief spice: salt, which explains the 430 milligrams of sodium.)
Butter-flavored popcorns are a little worse. Vic’s Original Classic Butter and Smartfood Movie Theater Butter hit roughly 300 calories and 450 mg of sodium. That’s smart?
Your best bet: 4 cups of (delicious) Skinny Pop—regular or Black Pepper—have only 160 calories and a mere 50 mg of sodium. Other impressive options: Angie’s Boomchickapop Sea Salt (90 mg of sodium), Whole Foods 365 Organic Reduced Fat & Sodium (110 mg), and Vic’s Half Salt Lite White (130 mg).
Other relevant links:
- Here is a list of our top popcorn picks. See: What to Eat: The Healthiest Popcorns You Can Buy
- Our advice on popcorn chips. See: Are Popcorn Chips Healthy?
- What should you look for in microwave popcorn? See: Microwave Popcorn