Does popcorn make you fat? 

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Does popcorn make you fat?

A faithful companion for good times, at home, with friends or at the movies, popcorn is not, according to popular belief, the best ally when it comes time to step on the scale. Are popcorn and calories really enemies? To find out which of the calories and vitamins weighs more on the scale, GrainPop tells you all about this explosive duo

What is popcorn? 

Popcorn is nothing more thanheated popcorn kernels that pop and give us that little snack we enjoy so much. The corn used for popcorn is a source of vitamins, especially vitamin B, minerals, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.

There's not an ounce of fat or sugar in popcorn au naturel and there's no other snack that'sas low in calories for as much fun, as long as you don't put oil or butter in your popcorn.

Avoid adding fat, salt and sugar and you can enjoy a tasty and healthy product. At home or at the movies, popcorn is the snack that contributes to your pleasure without making you fat!

Popcorn and calories 

According to the USDA1, the energy value for 100 grams of popcorn is approximately 375 Calories (Kcal). The VIDAL2 website states that, for an adult male, the recommended energy intake is, on average, 2,400 to 2,600 Calories (Kcal) per day, depending on activity.

For an adult woman, it is 1,800 to 2,200 Calories (Kcal). Every metabolism is different and not everyone absorbs calories in the same way, but generally speaking, it's safe to say that popcorn will not compromise your diet !

Popcorn is a healthy product, so choose recipes with no added fats or sugars!

Popcorn, a healthy snack

nutritional intake popcorn

Consumed without fat, salt or sugar, popcorn is not a fattening food. Even better, popcorn is rich in nutrients, especially fiber. On the VIDAL2 website, it is indicated that a satisfactory caloric intake is composed of 50% by carbohydrates, 35% by lipids and 15% by proteins.

However, on the website myfitnesspal.com3, the figures speak for themselves: in 100 grams of popcorn, there are 55% carbohydrates, 36% fat and 8% protein. Most of the fat in popcorn is saturated fatty acids. 

In addition, popcorn contains vitamin E and vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9), known for their role in energy production and the proper functioning of the nervous system . Popcorn is therefore a healthy partner to get through the day!

Popcorn, a slimming ally? 

Popcorn is a food rich in fiber while being low in calories. This low energy density makes popcorn a good snack to satisfy your hunger pangs, as long as you eat a healthy dietandavoid eating rich foods.

When you want to lose weight, it's hard to enjoy good times with family and friends when everyone is snacking and you can't touch the cookies. 

With popcorn, say goodbye to frustration: you too can enjoy the party knowing that what you eat won't make you gain weight!

It's the best way to stay on track and achieve your weight loss goals!

Which popcorn recipe should I choose when I'm on a diet? 

Popcorn is an excellent compromise for combining convivial moments and diet, but you should avoid popcorn recipes made with fatty ingredients such as oil or butter that are loaded with calories. Instead, choose plain popcorn.

GrainPop has designed a flavored popcorn bag to help you lose those extra pounds!

Is movie theater popcorn good for my health and diet? 

The problem with processed foods is often that you don't know what was added in the recipe. If you're on a weight loss journey, you can't be sure that you'll find fat-free popcorn on the spot and your diet may suffer.

To enjoy your movie session and not risk gaining weight, why not prepare your popcorn at home, with a touch of salt for example, and bring your bag to your session? Discover our microwaveable popcorn recipes!

If you want to lose weight or at least keep it off, the key is to have good eating habits and regular exercise.

But a little pleasure from time to time vitamins the daily routine, treat yourself with popcorn! Its low energy density, light calorie content and a quick feeling of satiety, will allow you to enjoy real quality moments without the question of your weight weighing you down!


  1. FoodData Central (
  2. Nutritional recommendations from 18 to 75 years old - VIDAL
  3. Popcorn: calories, carbs and nutritional information | MyFitnessPal

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