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Old 05-16-2005, 08:53 PM   #1
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Low carb Popcorn???

Probably a ridiculous question. I have been almost cheat free for over a year now but have been really craving popcorn lately. Wondered if I would eat a cup or so if I would be OK (on maintenance for 4 or 5 months).....
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Old 05-17-2005, 01:54 AM   #2
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Absolutley... as long as you can control yourself!!!

Popcorn is much better than a twinkie.... and if your on Maintenance, you should be able to handle it!!!

Enjoy!!!!

One more thing... the worst that can happen, it may cause cravings or a temporary weight gain. If so, STOP eating it. Just go back to low carb, and know that popcorn is an issue and maybe try again at your one-year maintenance date.

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Old 05-17-2005, 07:59 AM   #3
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I agree! The few times I've had popcorn I've planned it so it was my lunch. I popped one of those mini bags. It didn't send me off into a binge it was just right. Now chips that would be wrong for me! Can't go there!
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:26 AM   #4
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I think 3 cups of air popped popcorn is about the same amount of carbs as a slice of bread (from my Weight Watcher's days). Maybe somebody knows?
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:29 AM   #5
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Be aware that most of the bagged popcorns contain trans fats. You're better off popping plain popcorn and adding your own toppings.

That being said, I've indulged in popcorn from time to time even when I was in OWL.
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:38 AM   #6
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I just bought a bag of organic popcorn with a little sea salt added. They also had it without sea salt too.....you just microwave it.....no oils....will add some coconut oil to it.
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I'll echo everyone else and recommend exercising caution. I'm not sure why, maybe it's the air in it, but popcorn (and rice cakes) are wicked high on the glycemic index. It'll definitely knock you out of ketosis, but that's not what concerns me - it's the blood sugar crash that could lead to cravings- that's what you need to look out for.

Eat the popcorn with plenty of butter- that should help it digest a little slower. And, if you can eat it on a full stomach, that should help too.
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:22 AM   #8
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I pop my own corn in coconut oil, then top with melted butter. It's something like 4 carbs per cup, so I have 3 cups, (which sounds like more than it is when you actually measure), and savor it. In maintenance, it hasn't caused a problem for me.
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Every few weeks, I'll eat half of a small bag at the movies. I load it with butter. As long as I keep the rest of my meals very low carb that day, it doesnt seem to effect me. I'm sure I would gain if I did this a couple times a week though. But its great to be able to go to the movies and enjoy this!

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Old 05-18-2005, 09:26 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone - especially for giving permission to use lots of butter....YUM!!! I don't have a problem with portion control or stopping after a small amount of anything so I'm feeling pretty confident about this popcorn issue. Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:24 PM   #11
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Popcorn may be high on the glycemic index, but as a insulin dependent diabetic it has no effect on my sugars at all.

I buy the mini packs which have 11 net carbs per 4 cup serving.
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When I first did atkins which was years ago, I ate popcorn all the time, I thought it was allowed, lol, until i looked at the bag but the thing was I was losing weight like crazy back then, with the popcorn. I've since eat it once and a while at the movies and it doesn't kick me out ketosis so I say eat a little just don't go overboard.
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:11 AM   #13
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Be aware that the butter on the movie theatre popcorn is basically pure liquid transfat! I avoided it even before this WOE, also it causes headaches in many people, me included.
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Old 05-20-2005, 03:27 PM   #14
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From the Atkins website:

Savory Popcorn and Nut Mix

Flavored with butter and with a hint of heat and herbs, this addictive cocktail mix is a cinch to prepare.

1 (12-ounce) can mixed dry-roasted salt-free cocktail nuts
4 cups popped popcorn
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1.Heat oven to 275°F. On a large roasting pan, toss nuts and popcorn with butter. Sprinkle evenly with thyme. Combine salt, pepper and garlic powder; sprinkle over top and toss well.
2.Bake 15 minutes. Transfer to large sheet of wax paper and let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 10
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake/Cook time: 15 minutes

Carbohydrates: 11 grams

Net Carbs: 7.5 grams

Fiber: 3.5 grams

Protein: 6.5 grams

Fat: 22 grams

Calories: 255
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Old 05-20-2005, 05:19 PM   #15
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Thanks for posting the recipe above because Trader Joes sells wasabi powder and I think I'll replace the thyme and cayenne with wasabi! My DH loves the wasabi peas (and I do too) but they're so darn high in carbs that this might be lower!
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:37 PM   #16
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Thanks for all you guys help. Went to grocery store with DD a few days ago and we were in a hurry so I just kind of scanned the nutritional stuff on the back of all the boxes. The "microwavable" stuff seemed very carby...Only small bag of store brand kernels were "white corn" and they seemed kind of high in carbs also - ended up with Ricos brand of already popped cheese corn - YUK - This about killed it for me! Ate probably 1/2 cup and wondered why I ever wanted this........?????????? On to the next craving....watermelon???
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Old 05-22-2005, 11:30 AM   #17
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All popcorn, microwave and regular has the same amount of carbs. I guess the choice is whether you want to use your carb allotment for popcorn or something else.
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