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Is Air Popped Popcorn Bad For You?



Short answer

Air popped popcorn is a low-calorie, low-fat alternative to popcorn (such as the microwaveable kind) that actually carries many health benefits.



Long answer

Popcorn is frequently renowned as a delicious, filling snack and remains a staple at movies, carnivals, and other popular events. However, movie theater popcorn, carnival popcorn, and even microwave popcorn that you can prepare at home is often smothered in butter, salt, grease and preservatives that can negatively impact your health. Fortunately, air popped popcorn provides a healthier spin on everyone's favorite movie treat. 

One of the best things about air popped popcorn is that it is extremely filling, but also incredibly low in fat and calories. A hearty one-cup serving of air popped popcorn includes only thirty calories and less than one gram of fat. Popcorn is also made of fully unprocessed whole grains and contains a plethora of antioxidants that can help boost your immune system, reduce your risk for cancer, and even help fight age-related symptoms like wrinkles, macular degeneration, muscle weakness, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Air popped popcorn is a healthier alternative to popcorn that has been prepared another way primarily because making air popped popcorn does not involve high-fat, high-calorie oil. However, when making air popped popcorn, you still need to be careful about which toppings you use. Adding large amounts of salt and butter to your popcorn can up its calorie content by more than one hundred calories per serving and its fat content to more than ten grams. When making air popped popcorn, try adding cinnamon or olive oil to your popcorn to minimize fat and calories and keep your snack healthy (and of course tasty). 

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  • low calorie content
  • low fat content
  • aids weight loss
  • great source of antioxidants
  • boosts immune system
  • reduces risk of cancer
  • helps reduce age-related symptoms
  • promotes digestion
  • promotes stable blood sugar levels

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Written by Shaylie F | 12-31-2015

Written by Shaylie F
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