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Cindy Haskin-Popp wrote a new blog post: Is Popcorn a Healthy Snack?

Posted Aug 20 2010 7:15am

10:15 am in , , , , by Cindy Haskin-Popp

Popcorn, a whole grain, can be a healthy snack that is a good source of fiber.

When you have the case of the “munchies” that can’t be denied, popcorn can be a healthy snack according , a healthy eating food guide and interactive tool made available to the general public by the USDA.  Plain air-popped popcorn is a low-calorie, low-fat whole grain snack that is a good source of fiber.  Data published in the May 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association indicated that individuals who consumed popcorn on a regular basis had a 250% greater intake of whole grains and an estimated 22% increase in fiber intake compared to individuals who did not eat popcorn.

To keep your portion of popcorn healthy, try adding flavor with no-salt seasonings, such as barbecue and italian blends and avoid using butter or margarine.  If you have a hankering for a sweet popcorn snack, instead of reaching for caramel corn-which can be high in sugars and fat-try adding chopped dried dates or figs to plain air-popped popcorn.

What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?  Share with us, we want to know!

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