Is popcorn always a good snack?

Nutrition team

Popcorn can make an excellent snack but this really depends on how it is made and any toppings you add to it. A generous serving of air-popped popcorn, for example, will provide around 90 calories and no fat, while the same serving of popcorn popped in a pan with oil will provide over 160 calories and 8g of fat.

Microwaveable popcorn brands vary considerably and a serving can provide anything from 140 to 280 calories and 7 to 17g fat. Read the nutrition info on the pack to find the healthiest choice. You don’t need me to tell you that pouring melted butter all over your popcorn is not a low fat option!

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