The health benefits of popcorn may surprise you. It is higher in antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. It is a good source of fiver and its whole grain. But how do you reap what those kernels have to offer when they are often coated with butter, salt, sugar or hidden chemicals? Even when you avoid the obvious dietary pitfalls and empty calories, there are questions that arise about the best, healthiest ways to cook and prepare it.

Here are four popcorn-eating tips to help you make the most of this airy, crunchy treat:

1. Air-pop or make popcorn on the stove top. Air-popped uses no oil, meaning it has the fewest calories. Popping it in oil, however, is a great way to consume a healthy portion of fat to control hunger.

2. Avoid microwave popcorn. In general, microwave popcorn is the least healthy option. It often contains a lot of salt. The flavorings are artificial and people tend to eat too much because of the large portion size of most bags.

3. Manage portion size. A serving size depends on the type of popcorn you are eating, but for reference, one cup pf plain popcorn is about 30 calories. But beware: once you start adding toppings, the calorie count goes up pretty quickly.

4. Be creative with healthier, lighter toppings. Want to spice up your popcorn the healthy way? Consider adding hot sauce, or melt a couple of ounces of cheese on your popcorn. You also can try a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar or eat your popcorn with pickles or jalapeno peppers. Make sure to add spices and seasoning and not powders, flavorings or a lot of salt.

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source: ClevelandClinic

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