There’s a good and bad way to eat popcorn: The snack itself is a healthy whole grain packed with fiber, but Bonci says it’s the extra add-ons that give it the trans-fat flag. “Plain popcorn is fine, but when you put butter flavor — while it’s not real butter — what’s in it has got to be a lot of hydrogenated oil,” says Bonci. To put this into perspective: Orville Redenbacher’s “Pour Over Movie Theater Butter” flavor has 0.5 grams per serving (3.5 cups of popped corn), Jiffy Pop Butter Popcorn touts 3 grams, and Pop Secret’s butter flavor contain amounts from 3 to 5 grams. But that’s just per serving — a whole bag of any of these brands would contain much, much more. Stick to flavors that don’t list hydrogenated oils or trans fat in their ingredients.
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