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Popcorn Debate


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Anyone have strong feelings on popcorn one way or the other?  I see people at work eat an entire bag in one sitting - and claim that it's only 150 calories.  I like popcorn, but never eat it because I always heard it's so bad for you.

Any thoughts or experiences?

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I don't think the popcorn itself is terribly bad for you, in my opinion - it's the crap that goes on it that's bad.  Popcorn that you buy in a bag should be avoided in general (full of chemicals and preservatives, not to mention the high sodium!), but homemade popcorn, either air or stove popped, can be very good and filling.  I like mine butter and oil free, with a little bit of cinnamon and splenda for a sweet craving or a bit of cajun seasoning for savory.

It'll be interesting to read other opinions on this, though.

i love making plain popcorn and adding a little cinnamon. I know its not loaded with vitamins and minerals..but I dont put it in the junk food category and i dont feel guilty after eating it...plus it fills me up

whats not to like

Depends what's on it I guess.

Air popped popcorn with nothing added?  Fantastic crunchy snack!

Popcorn in a micro bag with all those chemicals and junk?  Gross.  And I'm pretty sure not 150 cals a bag!  Probably double that at least.

Have not tried cinnamon on it yet.. will have to try that sometime!

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One of the ladies that consumes this daily said that Weight Watchers allows people to eat as much of it as they want.  I'm assuming this is butter free - but has anyone been on Weight Watchers and heard about that?

I have done the weight watchers thing with success and they dont allow you to eat as much as you want...but a fairly large amount. And Yes, it's the butter free plain kind.

I am totally addicted to Smart Pop 100 calorie bags of kettle korn. They are delicious, low cal, and inexpensive. I usually eat them in the afternoon at work or while watching a movie. They are kind of bland with a hint of sweet. Better alternative to things I used to eat, like ice cream, candy, potato and corn chips.... Works perfect for me!

I too enjoy the smart pop 100 cal bags! The are good! and they have 4g of fiber and protein! that's okay with me, but I don't believe in completly cutting out all processed foods either.

I think the 100 cal bags make a great, filling afternoon snack.

Original Post by colorado_sunshine:

Depends what's on it I guess.

Air popped popcorn with nothing added?  Fantastic crunchy snack!

Popcorn in a micro bag with all those chemicals and junk?  Gross.  And I'm pretty sure not 150 cals a bag!  Probably double that at least.

Have not tried cinnamon on it yet.. will have to try that sometime!

 So gimme the chemicals and gross junk.  I like Orville Reddenbachers 100 calorie microwave kettle corn. 

Original Post by mommakitty:

Original Post by colorado_sunshine:

Depends what's on it I guess.

Air popped popcorn with nothing added?  Fantastic crunchy snack!

Popcorn in a micro bag with all those chemicals and junk?  Gross.  And I'm pretty sure not 150 cals a bag!  Probably double that at least.

Have not tried cinnamon on it yet.. will have to try that sometime!

 So gimme the chemicals and gross junk.  I like Orville Reddenbachers 100 calorie microwave kettle corn. 

Here ya go: 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1061 177/new_research_suggests_microwave_popcorn.h tml?cat=5

http://hsibaltimore.com/2006/05/16/can-microw ave-popcorn-give-you-cancer/

If you do a little research you can find more info.

But, congrats, it appears ConAgra (who makes OR popcorn) has decided to remove the Diacetyl from their popcorn.  I don't know about the chemicals in the bag itself though. 

Original Post by colorado_sunshine:

Original Post by mommakitty:

Original Post by colorado_sunshine:

Depends what's on it I guess.

Air popped popcorn with nothing added?  Fantastic crunchy snack!

Popcorn in a micro bag with all those chemicals and junk?  Gross.  And I'm pretty sure not 150 cals a bag!  Probably double that at least.

Have not tried cinnamon on it yet.. will have to try that sometime!

 So gimme the chemicals and gross junk.  I like Orville Reddenbachers 100 calorie microwave kettle corn. 

Here ya go: 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1061 177/new_research_suggests_microwave_popcorn.h tml?cat=5

http://hsibaltimore.com/2006/05/16/can-microw ave-popcorn-give-you-cancer/

If you do a little research you can find more info.

But, congrats, it appears ConAgra (who makes OR popcorn) has decided to remove the Diacetyl from their popcorn.  I don't know about the chemicals in the bag itself though. 

 I promise I won't feed any of my suspected carcinogens to any rats.  I'll save them for my roommate.

1. EVERYTHING causes cancer or is at least out to kill you. Breathing is currently killing you.  So everyone should stop doing that, too.

2. You made my day a wee bit less bleak, mommakitty.

I've broken teeth twice on popcorn, so I never touch the stuff now:(

Changed my mind - pearls before swine and all that Tongue out.

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I love the 100 calorie bags, both regular and kettle corn.... I am a butter freak, hardest thing to move past with my life change, but the regular popcorn with the I can't believe it's not butter spray butter is perfect for my cravings! 

Corn is a natural relaxer so I find it is a great snack to have at night or late afternoon as I am winding down.  The kettle corn is great for a sweet craving too.  Air popped is great and obviously healthy and natural but for the interest of time and ease the 100 cal microwave bags are great at home and work!

I love love love popcorn!!

Its so yummy. I dont like butter on it just salt (probably too much hello water retention?! :L)

But yeah i find it ridiculously low-cal but still it puts my mind at ease, kinda.

I think its good, definitely a good snack especially if you were to substitute it for crisps/chips which have way more fat and are less filling!

All in all, popcorn rocks :)

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