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ANARIE Posts: 13,179
12/13/13 8:17 P

There's no such thing as a no-calorie oil. You can control the calories by using only a tiny amount of oil, or air-pop or microwave pop your corn. If you're going to oil-pop it, all you can do is choose a healthy oil. Peanut oil is actually a good choice because it has a very high smoke point (it can take the heat of popping without breaking down) and it's high in monounsaturated fats, the kind we need.

Coconut oil tastes good, but it is NOT necessarily a healthy oil. We used to think coconut oil was awful, almost as bad as trans fat. It turns out that that's probably not true, but it's still a saturated fat, and very few people need more saturated fat. It's the coconut oil companies that have taken the studies that say "Coconut oil isn't as bad as we thought" and turned them into "Coconut oil is good." Even the scientists who discovered that the saturated fat in coconut oil is slightly different from other saturated fat say, "It's great! Use it instead of butter, lard, or shortening. But don't use it instead of olive oil and peanut oil."

MLAN613 Posts: 18,446
12/13/13 2:36 P

Canola oil! That's it. I couldn't think of it when I initially responded. (It was early and I didn't sleep well.) Thank you Archimdes.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 12/13/2013 (14:36)
EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
12/13/13 10:56 A

As far as I know, most, if not all, oils have roughly the same calorie count and it is not low. But this does not mean we should not eat healthy oils, unless we have a medical reason not to.

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12/13/13 10:52 A

You might consider something like Canola oil. It's a neutral oil that won't add flavor to your popcorn. Olive oil is very good for a person, but it means your popcorn will have a slight olive taste to it. Which is why you might try Canola oil (also monosaturated) instead.

Also, I was curious about that Walnut Farms Whipped Peanut Butter. I wondered how a peanut butter spread could have zero calories. Well, looking on the website, this is what it says.

CLASSIC PEANUT SPREAD that's smooth and creamy with Natural Fresh Roasted Peanut flavor.

So, you're eating a peanut butter that doesn't have any peanuts ? That makes me wonder what IS in that jar. Because peanuts are a very good source of healthy fat our bodies need. Yeah, they are high in calorie, but that's why we do our best to practice portion control.

Ingredients: Triple Filtered purified water, cellulose gum, salt, corn starch, xanthan gum, natural fresh roasted peanut flavouring, natural peanut extract, peanut flour, caramel colour, lactic acid, propolyene glycolalginate, sucralose.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 12/13/2013 (10:54)
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12/13/13 9:23 A

I use organic coconut oil - no it's not lo-cal (I don't think there such a thing as lo-cal oil), but coconut oil is very healthy, it doesn't take that much and it makes the popcorn taste so good!

MLAN613 Posts: 18,446
12/13/13 7:54 A

Can you use a healthy oil like olive and make it work within your calorie range by measuring and such? After all, your body needs fat! And anything you find that's a no calorie oil is one giant chemical. I hardly eat perfectly but I prefer the taste of real food like olive oil and real peanut butter.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
12/13/13 12:15 A


ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,307
12/12/13 10:35 P

Some people make air popped corn, and then spray it with butter flavored spray, so it doesn't have too much on it that way. I've never heard of a "no cal" oil, and I don't know if your popcorn machine could use diet margarine in it, if the margarine would burn or not.

AGUNAT Posts: 39
12/12/13 9:27 P

I seem to be switching from my air based popcorn popper to one that uses oil. The results seem better but the oil effectively doubles the calories. Does anyone know of a low cal or better yet a no cal oil that I can use to make the popcorn. I've been having pretty good luck lately. I even found some zero calorie peanut butter (Walden Farms) that tastes pretty decent. If someone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance... Bob

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