I love to eat popcorn, and have included it in my daily snacks. On the package it says that 33 grams is 160 calories. I weighed that, and it equaled four cups of popcorn! Is that really true? I am just amazed that something that tastes so good would be so little. I looked at the ingredients and it said oil, salt, and corn. Well, pretty much. I cannot remember exactly what it was, but there was no butter. I know that it has good roughage, and it also makes me bloat a little. Is popcorn a healthy snack?
It really helps get over my salt cravings.
Pop corn can be a healthy snack as it's low in calories high in fiber & a quality carb. The health facotr does depend on if it's microwave, stove top popped, pre-bagged, or freshly popped however. Freshly popped is obviously the healthiest w/ little or no salt added being best. What I found on-line stated to light varieties with no more than two grams of total fat, one gram of saturated fat and 200 milligrams of salt in a three-cup serving.
Thank you for your help. I am going to try to convince my dad to buy light popcorn instead of regular. The problem is I am 17, so I can't quite buy my own groceries - especially since I am in a family of 10. I like that it is a good source of fiber - I have been focusing my diet around fiber and glycemic indexes lately.
I LOVE popcorn! Great Low cal/fat Snack! If you buy Rodenbucker's or however you spell it, they have low fat "minibags" now and for the whole bag it has approx. only 150 cals cause one bag as 35 grams, and on the nutrition info it says per 28 grams it's 120 cals. so round that up a bit for one bag and you got ONLY 150 cals!!! and theres A LOT of popcorn in those little bags...
I use an air popcorn popper and use 1/2 cup to make a huge bowl. I use butter flavored pam to make the salt stick and it tastes great. I lost a lot of weight eating a big bowl of popcorn at night for dinner, a regular lunch and regular breakfast (low fat though). The popcorn is very low fat and high in fiber.
You might want to re-read your labels on the micro-wave popcorn. The 135 cal. is before it is popped. The calorie content is a lot lower than that after it has popped. I almost made that mistake too. Then I saw there are 2 different numbers on the label....one for unpopped popcorn and one for popped popcorn...Like someone is really going to eat the popcorn before they pop it.
Hey, it says 150 cals as bag as prepared.. Anways, even if it was talking about just the corn seeds in the bad before popped, the number of cals would be the same after it's popped.. it's just popped and air.. there is no more matter/popcorn added once it's popped. It's still the same.
And remember these are minibags, they aren't the big ones.. so 150 cals for one bag does make sense.
TMR you said that the nutritional info is very different in Canada and U.S. I am from Canada and I just hope that I am getting my calories counted right. On the bag it says 3 tbsps or about 4 cups popped equals whatever - so I take that number right(if I measure that much)? I always get this fear that I am totally off on the calorie thing. Thanks
Here's info. I found on Redenbacher's popcorn.....It says the cal. are 160 unpopped, which could very well be the whole bag.....Then it says 1 c. popped corn is 35 cal. I looked up the mini bags and it said there are 210 cal. unpopped and 35 cal. popped...Then it said 1 bag is 1 serving, so there are only 35 cal. per bag. You can always measure out 1 cup and go from there. It looks like they might be including the oil in the cal. count or it could be that popped corn takes up more space than unpopped corn, so unpopped corn could be more consentrated.