#AskUsAnything: Is Popcorn Really a Healthy Snack?

Popcorn is good, but you can do better.

Meghna Kriplani

“It’s a good alternative to junk food, but there are healthier snacks you can munch on,” says dietitian Jasleen Kaur, founder of the Delhi-based Just Diet Clinic. When you come home hungry in the evening, and your choices are potato chips, fried namkeen, and salted popcorn – pick popcorn. After all, a 100-gram serving of unsalted, air-popped popcorn has about 390 calories, 80 grams of carbs, and a whole lot of fibre.

That said, you’re still not making an optimum choice. If you’ve got weight loss or healthy snacks on your in mind, then “makhanas are healthier and a much better snack. Makhanas are a rich source of calcium and contain lesser calories than salted popcorn,” says Kaur. Spiced makhanas can give your evening tea some good company, but watching a movie is incomplete without a tub of popcorn.

Well, maybe you already know this, but when laden with butter, salt, caramel, or cheese in copious amounts, popcorn loses its redeemable nutritional benefits and becomes a calorie-dense burden. “Digging into a tub of popcorn while watching a film is a mindset thing. While you may think the movie-going experience is synonymous with popcorn, the truth is a cup of coffee will make the movie just as enjoyable,” she concludes.

So there you have it folks, the truth about your friendly, neighbourhood and a healthy snack called popcorn.

But if your heart is set on the less healthy snacks, flavour-laden popcorn, check out this recipe for Butterscotch Popcorn!

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