Winter’s Healthiest Snack

If the colder weather and shorter days are giving you cabin (and snacking) fever, consider stocking up on popcorn.

February 8, 2013
Winter’s Healthiest Snack

A study published in Nutrition Journal found that air-popped popcorn, a 100% unprocessed whole grain, might be the best snack choice in terms of both satiety and calories when compared with potato chips. Participants who ate six cups of pop- corn (100 calories) reported less hunger and less of a desire to eat than the participants who ate one cup of potato chips (150 calories). In addition to saving calories during snacking, the popcorn-eating participants also consumed fewer calories during their next meal.

More points for popcorn:

  • It contains more polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) 
than fruits and veggies.
  • One serving provides more than 70% of the DV for whole grains.
  • It’s packed with fiber due to its whole grain.
  • As long as you don’t add any butter or salt, it’s nearly sodium- and fat-free.