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

author image Carolyn Robbins
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.
How Many Calories Are in 1/4 Cup of Unpopped Popcorn?
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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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