Trade Up Tuesday: Popcorn

The best way to start off any movie or get-together with friends is popcorn! But what to get? There are SO many options in the grocery stores. This week’s Trade Up Tuesday provides a great healthy popcorn option that allows a large serving without excessive calories and fat, and more fiber and protein.

By Trading Up to the Smart Balance Popcorn you'll save 110 calories (50% fewer calories), 9 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 320 mg of sodium (nearly 15% of your day's worth). Plus you'll get more fiber and protein (which can help you feel full longer).

Shopping Tip: “Natural” does not mean ‘Healthy’. To make these decisions easier when shopping at Market Street, remember to always look at the NuVal Score and compare Nutrition Facts.

Product: Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn– Naturals Simply Salted
NuVal Score: 7
Serving Size: 4.5 cups popped
Servings per Box: about 15
Servings per Bag: about 2.5
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 400mg
Total Carb: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Protein: 2g
Ingredients: Whole Grain Popping Corn, Palm Oil, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (for freshness)

Product: Smart Balance Popcorn – Smart’ N Healthy
NuVal Score: 32
Serving Size: 4 cups popped
Servings per Box: about 12
Servings per Bag: about 3
Calories: 80
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 80mg
Total Carb: 20g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 0g
Protein:  4g
Ingredients: Corn, Natural Oil Blend (Corn and Palm fruit oils), Salt, Natural and Artificial flavor (Derived from lactose-free milk), Colored with Annatto, TBHQ to preserve freshness.

Note: Our Trade Ups are meant to be educational, showing how higher NuVal scores can mean better nutrition. For those who have made organic/natural or "clean eating" a priority in your life we have many other popcorn options that you can Trade Up to. Remember, it's all about Trading Up amongst the products that you would eat.

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