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Old 11-12-2003, 11:39 AM   #1
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I just read the bag of popcorn here at work it is 16 carbs with 3 carbs fiber, guess I cannot have any. the serving size is 2 tbsp. Gee that is one bite
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Old 11-12-2003, 11:47 AM   #2
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POPCORN BIG NO NO. I made some microwave pork rinds and they are really good for the times you want popcorn. I have never liked pork rinds, but the microwave ones are really good (I like the flavored and the plain.

p.s. I get them at walmart
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Old 11-12-2003, 11:55 AM   #3
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Assuming you were looking at bag that wasn't sweetened (like kettle corn or caramel corn) the carb counts were probably for 2 tbsp of unpopped popcorn, which would make a decent serving of popped corn.

From the USDA page (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/cgi-bin/nut_search.pl)

Snacks, popcorn, air-popped
1 cup (popped) serving
6.232 g carbs
1.208 g fiber

So, net carbs are only about 5 g. in a cup. Problem is portion control - if you can stop at just a cup, it's not a horrible snack to have, but who can stop at a cup? Those microwave bags usually make 6 cups.
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:03 PM   #4
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I agree with you about that picture that you like. I like it too. As for the popcorn, I agree that portion control is difficult with that item.
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:15 PM   #5
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Portion control would be a problem ... 1 cup of popped corn is only about 8-10 "fluffs". I wouldn't spend 6 carbs on that.

Someone pointed out before that corn is a grain, not a veggie.

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Old 11-12-2003, 01:58 PM   #6
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I am not doing Atkins. I am doing low carb........

Popcorn is one of my occasional treats........maybe once a month or even less. I will have around 2 to 3 cups of it with a Diet Coke. I love it. It is "enough" for me and it has not sent me into a binge nor stopped my weight loss.

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Old 11-12-2003, 02:23 PM   #7
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Besides the carbs, popcorn affects the glycemic levels badly and for that reason (not especially the carbs), we are supposed to avoid it. I am not good at explaining it, but I guess it causes blood sugar spikes because it is has a high glycemic level. I do occationally enjoy some air popped though!
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Old 11-12-2003, 02:30 PM   #8
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floridamom: What are microwave pork rinds? I LOVE popcorn and would really like a good alternative, especially at the movies.
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:08 PM   #9
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Popcorn was my all time favorite snack before this WOE....I haven't even been to a movie since I started this because I would just have to have the biggest buttery bucket they had if I went... That would be my first cheat.....I dont think I would have any control or willpower what so ever.....Why did I read this thread.... I want my popcorn back !!
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:51 PM   #10
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I treat my self to one bag per week And have not had any problems with it!
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Old 11-12-2003, 04:37 PM   #11
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I want my popcorn too I miss it so very much I have been craving popcorn for the last week and a half.

Spazcat do tell what kind do you get microwave or do you make it do tell PLEASE I just might have to try it Darn popcorn anyways!!!
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Old 11-12-2003, 04:37 PM   #12
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mimivac-- they come in a box just like popcorn and you can get them at walmart. I like to make them to go with my Tuna or when the family is watching a movie and having popcorn I make this for me. Let me know how you like them.
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Old 11-12-2003, 06:15 PM   #13
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I miss popcorn too. I have not been to the movies since starting this woe in early june because there is no way I could get past the wonderful smell or the popcorn. Maybe as a special treat when I get to goal.
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:29 PM   #14
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Actually 2Tbsp of kernels makes 5 cups of popped corn, not one.

I am looking at my bag of Jiffy Time popcorn kernels....this is what the nutrtion label says:

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp (33g)
5 cups Air Popped
Servings per bag: 55 (it's a 4 pound bag of kernels)

Calories: 100
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholestrol 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars <1g
Protein 4g

Although obviously 18 g of net carbs is high...5 cups of air popped is quite a portion!

We know this is off limits on Induction, and most likely should be off limits OWL...but Maintaince I'd think an occasional serving wouldn't be a bad thing.
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Old 11-13-2003, 09:47 AM   #15
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I "shared" my daughter's popcorn at the movies a couple times and was able to stop. It was such a treat to each a little that that was enough. I lost as usual.
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Old 11-13-2003, 10:02 AM   #16
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If on Atkins..please remember it's not just about carb count! Popcorn is said to be used in the Pre-maintenence stage for a reason. It is made from Corn peeps! LOL Some can do a serving and not crave..others can't..but remember when Atkins advises to add it in

Also..remember the size of a popcorn kernal vs a piece popped. 3 tablespoons unpopped with be about 4 times the size in bulk when popped
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Old 11-13-2003, 10:14 AM   #17
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I agree with the last poster. It's not just carb count, but glycemic index. Save it for pre-maint or maint, IMHO.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:07 PM   #18
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I wanted to make some popcorn tonight, now I'm having second thoughts.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:24 PM   #19
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Popcorn is my all time favorite snack. It's the thing I miss the most and for now at least, one of the main things that keeps me out of strict Atkins. It's the comfort food I love the most in the world, so ... for now ... every couple of weeks ... I have some. I cook less than half what I used to cook and at the movies, if I must, I get a small bag instead of a large one. I'm working on letting it go and someday I will, but for now, it's an occasional thing and I'm already doing much better with it than I thought I would.

Also, as I've talked about this WOE with a few people and they've expressed how they don't think they could ever give up "xyz food" I've been so surprised at how many of them said at least I didn't have to give up popcorn because it's a "health food"! When I slowly start shaking my head with a quizzical look on my face some have said, "Well, you know, it's mostly fiber." I barely have the heart to tell them that's not quite right.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:02 PM   #20
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It's hard to miss our favorite foods.

I'm reading this and remembering my time on Weight Watchers boards. There, I wanted cheese or a decent serving of steak!

There are "balanced" plans that might work for some people's bodies. It doesn't for mine. My body needs more protein/few carbs. I have to get my carbs from veggies; anything else triggers a physical craving.

Maybe, in time, my metabolic resistence and insulin response will change. For now, I will miss popcorn and cook my steak med-well.
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