Popcorn - Nutritional Information
Are you a popcorn lover? If so, then you'll be pleased to know that popcorn can be a healthy food. Popcorn calories are low, and you'll get a healthy dose of fiber when you dig your hands into a bowl of the crunchy snack. But dieters, beware. The toppings you choose to add will change popcorn nutrition significantly and may turn it into a treat you want to avoid.
Calories in Popcorn and Nutrition Information
Popcorn can be a perfect snack for dieters. Even if you're not trying to lose weight popcorn provides nutritional benefits. It provides you with a bit of healthy fiber and can provide far fewer calories than many other comparable snacks.
A single three-cup serving of popcorn provides less than 100 calories, only one gram of fat, just over 18 grams of carbohydrate and 3.5 grams of dietary fiber. That means that each serving only provides 14.5 grams of net carbs. Much lower than the net carb count of many other crunchy snacks.
Of course, the way you pop your corn, and the topping that you add will change the nutritional profile of the snack. The nutrition and calories in air-popped popcorn are provided on the label. Here's how other varieties compare:
A 3-cup serving of plain popcorn popped in oil provides 192 calories, 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 14 grams of fat.
If you eat popcorn topped with butter, you'll add another 102 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of sugar and 91 milligrams of sodium for each tablespoon that you add.
If you eat popcorn topped with grated parmesan cheese you'll add another 22 calories, 2 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, one gram of fat, and 76 grams of sodium for each tablespoon that you add.