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Is Popcorn Healthy?

by Toni Olukiran

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Cinema trips aren’t the same without the iconic snack, but is popcorn actually healthy? We’ve got the lowdown here.

What is popcorn?

Popcorn is made from corn kernels which when heated, puff up to form the snack we all know and love. Popcorn is believed to have been eaten for thousands of years, and is native to what is now Mexico. 

Does popcorn have any nutritional value?

Yes, popcorn actually has more nutritional value than you might think. In it’s natural form, these include:

  • High in fibre
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Some quantities of iron, zinc and B vitamins

Is popcorn healthy?

Yes, popcorn can be healthy — as long as it is prepared in a particular way. Adding flavourings such as butter and sugar can prevent it from being healthy, as though naturally popcorn is low in calories, additional flavours can make it less healthy. It also depends on how it’s cooked; air-popped popcorn is healthier than popcorn cooked in oil or fat. If you love the flavoured stuff, it should be eaten as a treat but if you love popcorn and want to eat it more regularly, you still absolutely can — but have a go using herbs and spices to flavour your popcorn over sugar and salt for a lower calories option!

Have any more questions for us to investigate? Let us know below!

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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