Few people think of potato chips, pretzels, and other salty snacks as healthy. But popcorn? With claims like “whole grain,” “high fiber,” “gluten free,” “light,” “94% fat free,” “0 grams trans fat,” and “organic,” it sure sounds healthy.
In fact, plain popcorn is a healthy, high-fiber whole grain. But many commercial popcorns are so loaded with saturated or (worse) trans fat that they make chips and pretzels look like broccoli. And some companies pour on so much caramel, chocolate, or other coatings that they’ve turned their popcorn into candy.
Here are the best of the pops.
They contain no partially hydrogenated oil and have no added sodium, sugar, or questionable artificial sweeteners. They also have no more than 200 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving. Popcorns are ranked from least to most trans fat, then saturated fat, sodium, calories, and sugar.
Daily Limits (for a 2,000-calorie diet): Saturated + Trans Fat: 20 grams (no more than 2 of them trans). Sodium: 1,500 milligrams. Added Sugar: 25 grams (6 tsp.) for women, 38 grams (9tsp.) for men. (Note: to convert teaspoons of sugar to grams, multiply by 4.2)
Source: company information