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Popcorn - A Healthy Snack? ~ [Issue 0205-1]  Wellness Weekly
 Feb 04, 2005 16:08 PST 


Popcorn - high in fiber and low in calories - can be good for your
health if you keep it free of oil, butter, and cheese, nutritionists
say. Noting the average American eats some 59 quarts of popcorn each
year, the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers some kernels of
wisdom on keeping popcorn a healthy snack. These include: consider
air-popped popcorn, the healthiest kind, with 93 calories and no fat
in a 3-cup serving; when preparing popcorn, use a monounsaturated
fat, such as canola oil, olive oil or safflower, corn or sunflower
oils; check labels carefully for fat, calorie, and sodium, which vary
considerably for microwave or pre-popped popcorn; look for the light
varieties with no more than 2 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated
fat, and 200 milligrams of salt in a 3-cup serving; be careful around
movie theater popcorn, which tends to be high in saturated fats and
calories; and, avoid super-sized portions.
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