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Popcorn Breakdown

Popcorn is delicious, satisfying, crunchy, and fun to eat. It's nature's snack food.

There are so many different ways to make and flavor popcorn, but unfortunately, some of those tasty methods turn this healthy snack into one loaded with sugar and sodium.

So let's look at the nutritional breakdown of 1 cup of each to see how they compare.

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Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Sugar (g)
Air popped popcorn 31 0 1 6 0
Stove-top with oil & salt 55 3 97 6 0
Orville Redenbacher's Microwave popcorn (ultimate butter) 55 3 40 3 0
Orville Redenbacher's Microwave popcorn (light, butter) 40 1 35 4 0
Newman's Own Organics Microwave popcorn (butter) 46 2.6 54 4.9 0
Popcorn Indiana Kettle corn 60 1.8 48 11 5.5
Movie theater popcorn with butter 83 7 - 4 -
Smartfood (cheddar cheese flavored) 162 10 294 14.2 3
Cracker Jack with peanuts 240 4 140 46 30
Crunch and Munch (buttery toffee with peanuts) 128 4.6 147 21 12
Poppycock (cashew lovers) 280 12 180 42 24
Fiddle Faddle (Honey nut) 260 7 480 48 30
Caramel Corn 243 12 357 34 26

Fit's Tips: The sodium and sugar content of movie theater popcorn was impossible to find, so that makes me think it's even worse than I imagine. So the next time you go to the movies, forget about buying over-priced, unhealthy snacks - why not bring your own? I always pop my own popcorn and bring it along in my purse with a water bottle. That way I won't be tempted to buy the movie theater popcorn when I smell the fake, yet mesmerizing, buttery aroma. I also like to pack some dark chocolate, almonds and dried cranberries.

Since movie theaters make most of their profits by selling overpriced snacks, you gotta keep your homemade treats on the down low. Wait until the lights go dim before enjoying your tasty snacks.


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