What to Eat: The Healthiest Popcorns You Can Buy

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.

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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.

Best Bites Popcorn Chart

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

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11 Replies to “What to Eat: The Healthiest Popcorns You Can Buy”

  1. I too, thought ALL Microwave Popcorn was POISON ,,,HELLO ?

    Any ‘reviews’ on ‘popped’ Corn in the Stores…? So we can have a ‘real’ review ?

  2. I agree. I thought micro popcorn was bad no matter what. It is so easy to just pop your own (& way cheaper) using a brown paper bag in the micro..topping optional. I’ve been loving Skinny Pop…39 calories/cup (serving = 3 3/4 C, 150 cal), Zero trans fats & cholesterol, 75 mg sodium.

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  4. My recipe for popcorn:
    Buy loose corn in a supermarket or at a bulk food store.
    Measure required amount into a hot air popper.
    When corn has popped, put into a serving bowl.
    Drizzle olive oil over the top layer.
    Add a bit of salt and/or sugar.
    Eat.

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