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Air-Popped Whole Grains
The long list of whole grains available today includes buckwheat, bulgur, millet, quinoa, sorghum, whole rye, barley and…popcorn?
Yes, popcorn is a healthful grain source, especially when air popped. Air-popped popcorn isn't always low in fat, though. Although the package may say "air popped," oil may be added after popping for flavor. If you buy it ready-made, always check the Nutrition Facts for the total fat, saturated fat and trans fat.
The same rules apply when buying microwave popcorn, always check the label to see if oil is added, how much and what kind.
To learn how to read a Nutrition Facts Panel when shopping for air-popped popcorn and other foods, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Nutrition Facts Panel and Food Labels page.
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Reviewed July 2013