Freshly-popped popcorn is a favorite movie-night snack globally, and in recent years our appetite for popcorn has risen, with manufacturers touting it as a better-for-you alternative to other snack options, such as crisps or chocolate. But does it live up to its health billing?
According to BBC Good Food, air-popped, unflavoured popcorn is mostly made up of carbohydrate. It's low in fat and high in fibre, making it a good snack option in comparison to crisps. It does contain some vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and some B vitamins but not in large quantities, and it is traditionally low in calories, with a 30 g portion providing just 122 calories.
Popcorn itself is gluten-free, but always check the label on any pre-made or pre-flavoured popcorn that nothing extra has been added if you are avoiding gluten, advises the food site.
A healthy portion size of popcorn is around 25-30 g. While plain popcorn can be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack, portion size is key to keep calories in check.