Nutrition and Labeling - Popcorn! good or bad i'm really confused!!

05-29-2009, 02:42 PM
I'm sure this can't be a bad food but does anyone know the calories in it?


05-29-2009, 03:01 PM
One cup of air-popped popcorn is 31 calories. This is measured after popping, of course.
You can get answers to calorie questions at and it's free.
Google is a good resource too.

05-29-2009, 04:34 PM
I usually buy the light 100 calorie popcorn bags- those are a good snack.

I mean the popcorns with cheese and stuff aren't exactly low fat/low cal- those are the ones I'd stay away from as well at theater popcorn, they put a TON of oil in them.

05-29-2009, 05:27 PM
People normally say it is bad for you because they think of it dripping with butter and salt. It is actually a great low cal fiber filled snack if you skip the butter. I am weird, I sprinkle a little time juice on my popcorn and it makes it taste delicious. I wouldn't recomment this unless you really love lime juice like me!

05-29-2009, 05:38 PM
Jenny - try sprinkling a little salt and chili powder with your lime...amazing!

05-29-2009, 06:03 PM
Good tips!

Hello Nurse
05-29-2009, 06:38 PM
My favorite topping for air popped popcorn is Splenda and sea salt. Love the salty/sweet thing, and the taste is very similar to Kettle Corn, which I love!

05-29-2009, 07:58 PM
I always eat air popped popcorn, usually 3-4 times a week. Its low calorie that way, the only thing I add is a little bit of salt free seasoning blend and some I cant believe its not butter spray, shake it up in a bag so it all gets some flavor and eat it up. Keeps me feeling full, its my go to late night snack so i dont wake up in the middle of the night with hunger.

05-29-2009, 09:27 PM
I agree that popcorn can be an amazing filling natural snack. I am vowing to explore the more natural methods like popping in a paper bag in the microwave. For now, the 100 calories bags accompanied by some grape tomatoes, and some sweet/hot mustard (homemade with mustard powder, vinegar, Splenda) take me through some major snacky snacky times. If I add some thin sliced cheese from the deli (I get super thin sliced so a little goes a long way in terms of flavor) eaten alongside it is a mini-meal and really tops me up and keeps me out of trouble.

05-30-2009, 09:39 PM
I think the jury is still out on whether microwave popcorn is good for you (not so sure about the chemicals), but air popped is definitely a good high fiber low cal snack!

I also love lime juice on my popcorn with salt and ground cumin. It's yummy.

06-08-2009, 10:33 PM
I'm going to have to try the lime / salt / cumin thing -- sounds awesome!! I make popcorn with just a bit of oil in a Whirly-Pop on the stovetop.

06-09-2009, 09:46 AM
I don't even know where to find air popped popcorn or how to do it..... anyone clue me in??

06-09-2009, 11:13 AM
There are air popcorn machines you can buy.

For me, I buy bagged popcorn that is oil free and usually salt free.

Shannon in ATL
06-09-2009, 11:57 AM
We got a small air popper at Target for about $12.

06-09-2009, 05:10 PM
Popcorn is a great snack.It also has alot of fiber. :)

08-05-2009, 04:42 PM
I buy a bag of kernals pretty cheap about $1.50 for a big bag. Put it in a pan a little olive oil and it is ready in about 2-3 minutes. Personally, its much more healthier than those little bags they sell + much more inexpensive this way. They dont contain much popcorn in those little bags and we purchase those from anywhere to $2-4 bucks a box for 6 bags.

08-07-2009, 02:23 PM
i would much rather have popcorn i popped myself and it is way cheaper, i like cheap ^_^

09-05-2009, 10:12 PM
Orville Redenbacher makes a great air popper for the microwave. I put the kernels in, spray them with some Pam and sprinkle on Johnny's seasoning salt-YUMMY!

Cape Breton Chick
09-06-2009, 02:11 PM
K!.. ao I am now seriously thinkin' bout going out to pick up some kernels n try that lime/salt/cumin thing only think I will try it with cayenne or paprika! mmmmmm.. thanks for the idea guys!! :D

Phantom Goddess
09-06-2009, 11:11 PM
I love popcorn. If I could recreate the taste of Freshly Popped Target popcorn, then I would be in HEAVEN!!!

I always find that I fill up SUPER fast when eating popcorn.

09-16-2009, 04:54 AM
It can be
it has good amount of fiber in it
just avoid eating commercial popped popcorn, in other words, theater popcorn
it's about 236 or so calories with each handful

09-27-2009, 05:56 PM We've had this model for over 25 years and it is awesome!

Ok, not sure if I can post that link, but if you go to amazon and search Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper you'll see it.

10-02-2009, 12:46 AM

does that seem right.. 35 calories a cup for ranch and cheese flavored? wondering if that's a mistake on calorieking..other wise I will have to look for some this weekend.

12-08-2009, 08:17 PM
Orville Redenbacher makes a great air popper for the microwave. I put the kernels in, spray them with some Pam and sprinkle on Johnny's seasoning salt-YUMMY!

I use mine a lot. I sprinkle on low cal flavorings and spray butter. I'll have to try the seasoning salt sometime. :)

12-09-2009, 11:34 PM
I love popcorn, its my favorite snack. Its inexpensive, has lots of fiber and I can choose popcorn light anyways.

12-27-2009, 12:05 PM
I buy a bag or jar of kernal popcorn,grab a brown lunch bag,throw some popcorn in,fold the open closed(have to fold it a few times),toss it in the microwave and nuke it just like the store bought version.It pops just as well,and there are no added calories.