How Many Calories Are in 1/4 Cup of Unpopped Popcorn?

If you want a healthy replacement for greasy, salty potato chips, popcorn is a good option. A quarter cup of kernels pops into a large bowl of popcorn with just over 200 calories. Skip the drizzle of melted butter though, or you'll negate the health benefits of air-popped popcorn.

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Calorie Count

One quarter cup, or 2 ounces, of unpopped popcorn kernels has 213 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database. The calorie count only applies if you air-pop the kernels. Using oil would increase the calories significantly.

Other Nutrition Information

Popcorn is a whole grain naturally low in calories and fat and high in fiber. A quarter cup of unpopped kernels has roughly 8 grams of dietary fiber, which is good for gastrointestinal health. With 6 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving, popcorn also makes a satisfying snack.

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