Microwave popcorn is essential for a movie night at home, but these packets can often contain a high amount of oil, butter and fat inside of them meaning you need to be tracking their syn on the slimming world plan.
In terms of syns, microwave popcorn has different values according to the type and brand that you buy, on average you can expect them to have between 4-7 syns a serving though, with sweeter options often being higher.
To keep you on track with your syns, we've discussed below how much microwave popcorn you can have in the slimming world, some syn values of different microwave popcorns, why it might be bad for you, low syn alternatives and our SW recipe!
At 4-7 syns a serving, you could likely have up to two-three servings of microwave popcorn before using up all of your daily syns. Microwave popcorn is a healthy snack to have in moderation and will not cause you any weight gain.
You should be aware however that a lot of packs can contain a high amount of oil and salt to keep the kernels separate during popping. One serving of popcorn could have up to 6g of fat, 3g of which is saturated fat.
For sweet microwaveable popcorns, many brands use sweeteners rather than sugar to keep the calories low, if you're not keen on sweeteners it might be worth checking the ingredients before buying.
Microwave popcorn syns vary according to the type and brand that you buy, so to help you out, we've listed some syn values below from popular brands.
Over the years, there has been a lot of speculation on microwave popcorn and whether or not it's bad for you.
There was a time when lots of microwave popcorns contained diacetyl which is an artificial butter flavouring linked to lung issues, this popcorn is also super high in hydrogenated oil which contributes to the high trans-fat content.
Most microwave popcorns have preservatives and chemicals to stop the grease from the popcorn seeping through the bag, although the occasional bag will not harm your health, these are good points to be aware of if you are a popcorn lover.
If you're not keen on microwaveable popcorns syns, we've got you covered with some already made popcorn bags below as low syn alternatives.
One way to reduce the syns from your popcorn snacking is by making your own at home, this recipe below has 7 syns a serving and even includes chocolate chips!
Overall, microwave popcorn has varying syns between 4-7 depending on the type and brand you choose, we would always check the ingredients before buying microwave popcorn to see how much fat and oil they contain.
To save syns, we suggest buying popped corn already from the supermarket or making your own at home with our recipe above!