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    Old 01-02-2005, 04:47 PM   #1
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    Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    I just bought a box of Orvill Redenbacher Kettle Corn. I was looking at the nutritional infromation of the back of the box and it seemed to be ok to eat but I wanted to make sure. It says as popped, one cup provides 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, and 4g carbs. I just wanted to make sure this was a good snack and how many cups is a good snack?

     
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    Old 01-02-2005, 09:02 PM   #2
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

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    I just bought a box of Orvill Redenbacher Kettle Corn. I was looking at the nutritional infromation of the back of the box and it seemed to be ok to eat but I wanted to make sure. It says as popped, one cup provides 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, and 4g carbs. I just wanted to make sure this was a good snack and how many cups is a good snack?
    Yes, it sounds like a nice low fat snack to me. Just make sure there isn't any trans fats in it and you should be fine. And I would say 2 cups would be good, unless you went over your calories for the day.

     
    Old 01-03-2005, 05:49 AM   #3
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    hollerback,

    Are you talking about the MICROWAVE Orville Redenbacher Kettle Korn. That's 35 calories per cup, of which 25 calories are fat (71%.) Since the first ingredient after CORN is partially hydrogenated soy bean oil, the trans fats are high.

    NO, this is NOT a healthy food.

    (I had to check because I couldn't IMAGINE a microwave product having zero fat...even hot air popped has some natural corn oil.)

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    Old 01-03-2005, 08:27 AM   #4
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    I bought a bag of popcorn kernals that has .5 grams of fat and 100 calories for two tablespoons of unpopped kernels. I put them in a paperbag and pop them in the microwave. This is alot of popcorn and tastes pretty good. I spray it with those no calorie sprays, like Olivio and its pretty good. Popcorn has a lot of fiber in it, so I think it is a good snack.

     
    Old 01-03-2005, 01:38 PM   #5
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    Only 4 carbs? Is that per cup. I gave up popcorn almost 2 years ago, I used to love it.

     
    Old 01-04-2005, 07:54 AM   #6
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    You might want to try the microwave popcorn made by Smart Balance. No trans fats at all. I use the low-salt lowfat one, because my husband needs to watch his intake, that one is a bit shall we say bland and takes some getting used to (which we have) but they do also make another version which has more salt and a bit more fat but is still a lowfat product, again with no transfats and might be a better transition from regular popcorn at first.

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    Old 01-04-2005, 08:43 AM   #7
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

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    You might want to try the microwave popcorn made by Smart Balance.
    I haven't seen those yet, I'll have to look for them.

    What I do is pretty simple - I bought an air popper. While the corn is popping, a layer at a time, I stand there and spritz it with fat-free butter spray and sprinkle on some cheese-flavored popcorn seasoning. Makes you feel like you're cheating, but you're not. And it takes away the guesswork of what's in the microwave stuff. I control the amount of salt. In fact, with the butter spray and cheese sprinkles, I don't use salt at all.

     
    Old 01-04-2005, 09:10 AM   #8
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    I believe the Smart Balance, for the lowfat/lowsalt version is only about 120 calories per serving (i.e.; about 40 per cup) and only 2 or 3 grams of fat per serving. The other version, is a bit more in calories and I think it was 4 or 5 grams of fat, still not bad by snack standards. Smart Balance also now makes a "butter" spray, made mostly from a soy product I think, which is listed as 0 calories for a 5-spray serving. I use this to doctor up the LFLS version, along with a bit more salt (like I said, it's my husband w/the high blood pressure - not me LOL). It took a while to get used to it but I now really enjoy it when I need something crunchy and salty.

    Also, on the snack front - Nabisco/Kraft are making these wonderful "100 Calorie" packs, all 100 calories and about 3 grams of fat per pack. They now have several versions - Mini Chips Ahoy, Mini Oreos (sans cream), Mini Cinnamon Crisps, Cheese Nips (my fav), Ritz Cracker Mix (has some pretzels and chex thrown in), some other cracker I can't remember right now and and last but not least, gummy fruit snacks made w/real fruit juice. NONE have trans fats, which is great. If you can keep from eating more than 1 pack at a time, I think they are a great snack when you really don't want a piece of fruit or veggie, and they teach you what a portion looks like at the same time. I find these invaluable as my biggest downfall are those crunchy/salty type of foods. I can ignore a piece of chocolate but watch out if there's an open bag of chips around

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    Old 01-04-2005, 01:58 PM   #9
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    Re: Is popcorn a healthy snack?

    I air pop mine and use salt substitute, no butter. That seems pretty healthy to me, and it tastes good.

     
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