Since when did cheese become a popcorn staple? Four cups of Vic’s Original White Cheddar dump 480 calories and almost half a day’s saturated fat (8½ grams) and sodium (700 milligrams) into your lap. It’s like polishing off a 10 oz. sirloin steak before the credits roll.
Whole Foods 365 Organic White Cheddar and Smartfood White Cheddar, at around 350 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat, and 600 milligrams of sodium, aren’t much better. “Cheese” on the label is often code for “extra salt” and “extra saturated fat” in the bag.
If your popcorn isn’t popcorn without cheese (and if you love rosemary), try Popcorn, Indiana Fit Parmesan & Herb, which has 300 milligrams of sodium in 4 cups. And if you’re a blue cheese fan, try Good Health Natural Foods Half Naked Wild Blue Buffalo, which cuts the sodium to 150 milligrams. Just be prepared for a blast of spicy buffalo sauce.
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