Popcorn can be a healthy snack, but you have to skip the butter and salt.
The American Dietetic Association lists these healthier alternatives to flavor your popcorn:
- A sprinkle of spice, such as paprika, chili powder or pepper.
- Garlic and basil seasoning.
- Low-fat parmesan cheese.
- A small amount of chocolate chips.
- A little bit of peanut butter.
Health Tip: Beware of Added Sugar
Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to tooth decay and unwanted pounds packed around your middle.
Many foods have naturally occurring sugar, which is generally sufficient to ensure that your body has enough fuel. Consuming too much added sugar is what you should be concerned about, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.
Women should limit their added sugar consumption to no more than 6 teaspoons a day (less than that found in a 12-ounce can of non-diet soda) and men to no more than 9 teaspoons a day, according to the American Heart Association.
The academy offers these suggestions for limiting added sugar:
- Cut back on desserts, baked treats and candies.
- Snack on foods that are heart-healthy, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
- Drink water, instead of drinks with added sugar.
- Avoid processed foods, as they often are high in sugar, fat and salt.
- Bake treats with recipes that use less sugar, or cook with a sugar substitute.