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Plain Popcorn. Yes or No No?


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Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks that I do not want to give up. If I have plain pocorn, and then spray some I can't Believe It's Not Butter on it, would this be considered a healthy snack? I am awary of the high GI ranking of popcorn, but should this alone put popcorn on my naughty list for my fat-loss goals? Even in moderation.

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Popcorn is a whole grain.  It's high in fiber, not processed, and good for you.  The only thing that makes it bad is when it's drowned in butter or popped in excessive oil.  Pop away :)

iono... i have never given up anything to lose weight cuz i wanna live like this for the rest of my life. i just eat unhealthy things less often/less of them. and like i switched my 2% milk for 1% milk type thing. and i have reduced fat chips ahoy cookies lol. but i still have cake n stuff and cookies, just not very often and when i have enough calories left for it one day.

i love plain popcorn. also dont put tooo much salt on it if ur like my bro lol :D

i agree, pop away!

just remember that though butter spray says 0 calories, it actually does have calories if you use it as a topping. the amount is very low so if you're just putting on a few spritzes no worries!
Agree, it's a healthy snack.  It would be better w/out the chemical spray (and am guilty of using it myself) but maybe try olive oil spray (very minimal calories per spray) and sprinkle with natural seasonings/spices like curry, cinnamin, or maybe even an all spice or something of the kind.

I just discovered popcorn and man is this delicious! A cup full of it is very fulfilling for only a measley 34 cals.

I was just looking up the GI of popcorn and one source [1] said 72, another [2] puts popcorn at 55. Which one do I trust?

[1] http://www.carbs-information.com/glycemic-ind ex/popcorn-gi-value.htm

[2] http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/glycemicf oodchart.htm

Eveliina, GI is only based on various studies done on participants, and since everyone's body reacts differently, there is never one "true" GI value. All the numbers you see are averages of studies. So if there are two participants in a study, and one's blood sugar shows that the food had a GI of 55, and the other's 75, the GI would be 65. To be even more accurate, they take different studies from around the world, and average those results. But you'll never know the GI value as accurately as say, calories or protein.

You can trust this one: http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

#560:
Popcorn, Plain: GI=557, GL=6
Popcorn, Plain: GI=89, GL=10
Mean of two studies: GI=7217, GL=8

I don't know that I can even eat natural (plain) popcorn. I accidentally bought the mini bags of Orville Redenbachers Kettle Corn and it's not too bad. A little sweet/salty mix. If I've got the regular (light butter) 100 calorie packs, I sprinkle some paremesean cheese on it for something different. Tasty stuff! I usually eat popcorn a few times a week at night because I just have that snacking urge.

Silly question about air-popping popcorn: how do you guys do it? Do I just put the kernels in any paper bag and put it in the microwave? Do I close the bag somehow, can I use any type of bag? I'm new to this :).

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Aug 01 2008 19:45
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Popcorn is not evil.  However Garretts Caramel Crisp is evil....popcorn clad in buttery caramely crispness....avoid over 1/2 cup per serving....

I like the Orville Redenbacker 100 calorie pop bags i have them 2 to 3 times a week and they are great. It just helps ya get thru that snack crunch that makes you feel your not on a diet and you are getting that treat.

And for the air pop question they make and air popper for popcorn which is also great just put the popcorn in the popper and plug it in. I still prefer the 100 calorie bags because otherwise if your a popcorn lover you can get carried away like I used to Tongue out

 

I use an air popper like sassysmom said - it plugs in, warms up, dump the popcorn in, and put a big bowl under the spout :-)

I think popcorn is a great snack.  It tends to be a bit hard on my stomach, so I don't eat it as much as I'd like.  I love to eat mine drizzled with honey! 

eveliina,

I discovered a website that turned me on to home-made popcorn & I've never gone back!!

Take a regular brown paper lunch bag, put in as many kernels as you'd like (a few tbsp for just yourself or 1/4 cup for you & a friend), add whatever seasonings you want (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cinnamon, etc), put 2 staples in the top (they WILL NOT spark in the microwave), push out the air and throw it in the microwave! 
It's that easy -- it's about 30 cents per bag, much more healthy, and you can have whatever flavor you want! 
I hope you enjoy and have fun making your own popcorn.

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eveliina,

I discovered a website that turned me on to home-made popcorn & I've never gone back!!

Take a regular brown paper lunch bag, put in as many kernels as you'd like (a few tbsp for just yourself or 1/4 cup for you & a friend), add whatever seasonings you want (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cinnamon, etc), put 2 staples in the top (they WILL NOT spark in the microwave), push out the air and throw it in the microwave! 
It's that easy -- it's about 30 cents per bag, much more healthy, and you can have whatever flavor you want! 
I hope you enjoy and have fun making your own popcorn.

 OOOOHhhh thanks for posting this.  I'm buying my popping corn tomorrow!!!

~H~Kiss

Original Post by aebersole:

eveliina,

I discovered a website that turned me on to home-made popcorn & I've never gone back!!

Take a regular brown paper lunch bag, put in as many kernels as you'd like (a few tbsp for just yourself or 1/4 cup for you & a friend), add whatever seasonings you want (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cinnamon, etc), put 2 staples in the top (they WILL NOT spark in the microwave), push out the air and throw it in the microwave! 
It's that easy -- it's about 30 cents per bag, much more healthy, and you can have whatever flavor you want! 
I hope you enjoy and have fun making your own popcorn.

 i use this method as well, except i dont use staples. just folding the top down 2 folds will do the trick.

oooohh always wanted to know how to make air popcorn without having to buy the device :)))

Okay question: I make my popcorn in a small/medium pot and use 1 tablespoon oil - then enough popcorns to cover the bottom of the pot - medium heat - Hey presto!!

But with the oil? I mean how baaaaad is it really?

 

thhq
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stlc

The big question, where did the oil go?  I'm not sure so I measure it and count it, a teaspoon of oil (about 50 calories) to 1/4 cup of kernals, and keep the popcorn moving in the pan.  But some of it smokes, and some of it stays on the pan bottom. 

Right or wrong, if you count the oil you're on the safe side for calorie counting.

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stlc

The big question, where did the oil go?  I'm not sure so I measure it and count it, a teaspoon of oil (about 50 calories) to 1/4 cup of kernals, and keep the popcorn moving in the pan.  But some of it smokes, and some of it stays on the pan bottom. 

Right or wrong, if you count the oil you're on the safe side for calorie counting.

Thats exactly what I thought - where did it go. :)

Crap - you know I have never actually looked up the amount of cals in oil cause i hardly ever use it, but 50 cals in 1 TEASPOON.... yikes... thats adds a new dimension to the popcorn, as I was using a tablespoon - instant 150 cals - I know its nit picking, but still - this was an eyeopener.

Thank you very much :)

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