12 Worst Processed Foods You Must Avoid (and What to Eat Instead)

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7. Microwave popcorn

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It’s family movie night, which means you’d better get that popcorn popping ASAP. Be careful which kind you choose, though — the preparation determines how dangerous it is to eat.

Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat — if you air pop it from kernels yourself, however. Microwave popcorn, when heated, has been shown to release potentially harmful chemicals into the air. Plus, none of the butter and salt that comes in that bag is really worth the risk. Air-popped corn is low in calories and high in fiber — nearly 4 grams per 3 cup serving, in fact. Sprinkling a little salt on top won’t hurt, but keep the melted butter to a minimum.

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