Who doesn’t love popcorn?

I was practically weaned on it. We grew up having it every single night after dinner, and it’s still my dad’s favorite nighttime snack.

Modern-day microwave popcorn and movie theatre popcorn, however, pose major health threats. While microwave popcorn is convenient, it’s loaded with chemicals that can wreak havoc on the gut and immune system.

Movie popcorn, as well as popcorn at the fair, so to speak, are predominately cooked in hydrogenated oils. Combine that with the fact that the popcorn itself has possibly been genetically modified (and heavily treated with pesticides) and that can really take a toll on our bodies, especially if eating on a regular basis.

However, there’s fantastic news.

Popcorn is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and several antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for skin and eye health. It’s also naturally gluten free and a whole grain, which makes it a good source of fiber.

When prepared properly, the answer is yes, popcorn is a healthy snack!


Pro tips and flavor hacks to make popcorn a healthful snack:

For popcorn nutrition facts, see popcorn.org