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ICEDEMETER Posts: 816
9/19/13 11:53 A

Ack, Russell --- if I had any leanings towards low carb, you just got rid of them: a life without popcorn is not a life I want to live! emoticon

Although I actually don't mind plain air-popped popcorn, I do prefer it with butter (1/2 Tbsp for 3 cups) and salt, or with other seasonings. It fits in to all of my ranges, gives me a great blast of insoluble fibre, and I simply enjoy nibbling at it --- so I have it almost every evening. As has been mentioned, fat is a necessary part of your nutrition, so there's nothing wrong with using real butter in moderate amounts.



RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/19/13 11:47 A

I didn't hear anything about being on low carb, so if that is not an issue then it should not be a problem.

If by some chance you ARE on low carb, then popcorn would not be allowed. It is one of the misconceptions out there. I can't eat corn or beets, or carrots on low carb. Sometimes it is about the types of carbs, not the quantity. So while green beans might be limited by your daily allotment of carbs, and your limit on how many you can eat without being nauseous, there are carbs that you can't have at all, like ice cream, or popcorn, or corn. So 10 cups of green beans might be okay, but 3 pieces of popcorn may ruin your entire low carb diet. It isn't just about counting the total grams of carbs. If that was true, you could have ice cream for breakfast, and eat meat for the rest of the day. If you do this, you will lose nothing, and continue to have cravings.

I am 99% sure though, that the OP is not on low carb. She eats carrots. So popcorn is most likely fine. I don't understand what is wrong with butter though as long as it is in moderation. The recommended diet is 30% fat, so as long as you don't eat a lot of butter, why not put some on your popcorn, and cut fat somewhere else? If I remember correctly, plain popcorn tastes horrible.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,706
9/18/13 9:47 P

I love popcorn and you get so much for so few calories. Although I do like a smattering of butter on mine.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (60,422)
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9/18/13 7:34 P

Of course you can have it if you measure your portion and it fits into your goals for the day. Popcorn does have carbs, you make sure it isn't putting you over your carb limits.

Have you ever tried kale chips? Very delicious and satisfying.

SONGFIT4LIFE Posts: 45
9/18/13 7:02 P

Just bought the Orville Reenbaher's air popper... Can't wait to try it!!!! I'll let you know how it tastes... So excited!!!

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,185)
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9/18/13 1:14 P

I like popcorn and sometimes I will make sure that I leave enough room in my calorie count to put 2 tbsp of butter on it.

GAYLSMITH Posts: 301
9/18/13 11:55 A

I think it's great with spray I Can't believe it not butter

DROPCONE Posts: 1,532
9/18/13 11:44 A

It's perfect to eat without butter and salt!

DASHKATH Posts: 861
9/18/13 5:16 A

Perfect alternative to potato chips. Higher in fiber too.

CLARK971 Posts: 737
9/17/13 6:08 P

I love popcorn! I often have it for a snack in the evening.

There is a good recipe on sparks for popcorn with chili powder. I sometimes sprinkle cinnamon and a little bit of sugar on it.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,624
9/17/13 2:55 P

3 cups is considered 1 grain portion.
Air-popped works well; so does the 100-calorie portion packs.

ENJOY
Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,552)
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9/17/13 2:26 P

all things in moderation emoticon

pop corn IS a whole grain - it's a good high volume snack. If you are watching carbs, you'll probably have to swap some things around to stay in your ranges

KRAFTYKRAFT SparkPoints: (37,173)
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9/17/13 2:20 P

I adore popcorn without butter/salt and I can eat it by the truckload :) :)

SONGFIT4LIFE Posts: 45
9/17/13 1:58 P

I love popcorn, is it okay for me to eat without butter and salt? Please let it be ok.. I gave up chips about a year ago and need to crunch on something other than celery and carrots...

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