Whole-Grain Benefits of Popcorn

Why you should eat more of this healthy snack.

November/December 2008

By EatingWell Editors

Whole-Grain Benefits of Popcorn Popcorn vs. Pretzels: Which Low-Calorie Snack Is Healthier? Popcorn eaters get 250% more whole grains in their diet than people who don’t eat popcorn, suggests data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (published recently in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association). Three cups of popped popcorn (what you get by popping 1 heaping tablespoon) equals one of your three recommended servings of whole grains, and costs you a mere 105 calories—provided you don’t add butter.