Is Popcorn Really A Guilt-Free Snack?

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Popcorn might be the world’s most versatile snack. It can be dressed up with cheese, caramel, butter, salt, or more exotic flavors. It can be sweet, savory, or both, and it’s easy to grab by the handful for quick transport to the mouth. But popcorn is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of snacks — one minute it’s the healthiest choice around (low in calories! Whole grains!), the next it’s getting banned for containing trans fats. What the heck is going on?

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Here’s the deal. The pre-packaged microwave, store-bought, and movie theater varieties are often heavily processed and packed with additives and lots of salt. Plus, because of the way these varieties are packaged, it’s easy to polish off several servings of the stuff in one sitting. (For example, a typical bag of microwave popcorn is 10 cups, and a small movie theater popcorn is about 11 cups.)

Your best bet? Air-pop the kernels (it’s super easy) and add your favorite toppings and seasonings. What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn? Tell us in the comments below or get in touch with us on Twitter @greatist.

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Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually enjoyable, we're into it. And to keep us on track, we've turned to Greatist, because they've got us excited about staying fit — and having fun doing it.