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Old 12-25-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Do you eat popcorn? Whats the GI?

I'm one of those lifetime maintanance people cause i do low carb for hypoglycemia not weight loss. So i eat wheat bread, and whole wheat products every day. For those of you that do eat some carbs, but try to chose the good ones - do you ever eat a non-buttered popcorn? This is pretty low in cals/carbs (for the whole bag). But does it have a high glycemic index?



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Old 12-25-2005, 07:03 PM   #2
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Food Name and Manufaturer: Popcorn, plain, cooked in microwave oven, Green's brand Australia

GI (vs Glucose): 55 +/- 7

Serve Size: 20

Carb per Serve (g): 6.4

Glycemic Load: 3.5

Time Period of Test: 2h

Subjects Used in Test: Normal


Personally, I don't eat it.

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Old 12-25-2005, 07:06 PM   #3
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I looked up glycemic index with a google search. For plain microwave I got a glycemic index of 55 to 89 depending on the brand. Hope this helps.
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popcorn is very high GI
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20g carbs for air?Don't think so.I can have 4 LC wheat tortillas for that carb-count!
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yea i agree with you. I just love having new foods but it seems like i'll be sticking with bread, tortillas, ww bagels, low carb cereals, etc.
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20g carbs for air?Don't think so.I can have 4 LC wheat tortillas for that carb-count!
But there are times that popcorn can be consumed and enjoyed. That's the glory of this WOL. Sometimes moderation and not deprivation.
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I just going to pop in and say that I have around 80 grams of carbs in popcorn once a week. It is my weekly treat and I have lost fine doing it. BUT I would not suggest everyone to do it! You have to consider that I am 19 so my metabolism might be a little different.
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:47 PM   #9
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I'm 19 too. And underweight. Its not so much about weight as it is I'm wondering if eating a full bag would make me tired. Right now, I dont care so much but i was having a really bad craving the other day. Next time I have a craving, I may try it.
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:50 PM   #10
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I'm 19 too. And underweight. Its not so much about weight as it is I'm wondering if eating a full bag would make me tired. Right now, I dont care so much but i was having a really bad craving the other day. Next time I have a craving, I may try it.

I think if you are underweight it obvisouly woulnt be a problem. If you think it is going to make you tired try having it either at night or during a time when you know you have nothing going on for a few hours
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I have eaten the popcorn Sugar Free Sheila mentioned on these boards earlier. It is a small 1.6 oz. bag made by Deerfield Farms and I found it at Walgreens. It has 16 grams minus 4 grams fiber in it. I think a bag of this ever now and then couldn't hurt anyone unless they are in Induction. Just MHO.
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Old 12-26-2005, 09:29 PM   #13
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I go to the movies about once a month or so, and I eat popcorn everytime I go.

It's never stalled me, but also keep in mind that I know that if I have more than a little I'll end up with stomach aches and a headache, so it keeps me from over-eating it. I also make sure I eat a nice protein meal before hand to help offset it.
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But there are times that popcorn can be consumed and enjoyed. That's the glory of this WOL. Sometimes moderation and not deprivation.
I will "deprive" myself of popcorn and enjoy my sf pb cups in "moderation".
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #16
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This is one of my most favorite foods. It Is a BIG red flag for me.
I just can't stop eating it, so It's best I try to avoid it for the most part.
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:32 PM   #17
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I stay away from popcorn, it's a portion control thing.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:29 PM   #18
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Did you know that the butter flavoring in popcorn bags is poisonous? Yes. The St Louis Post Dispatch ran a series of articles last year about the Gilster-MaryLee factory in Joplin whose employees were stricken with a very serious lung disease from the butter flavoring in microwave popcorn. Not only is it high in carbs but it also is full of artificial flavorings that are not good for you. Stay away from it, if you can. Can you eat nuts instead?
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Old 12-29-2005, 06:25 AM   #19
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Poisonous like sugar?

I eat popcorn occasionally....yesterday in fact. For me, it doesnt cause any ill effects.

I think if you are underweight it probably wont be a problem for you either there are lots of worse things you could be enjoying.
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We have a hot air popper and once every few months I'll have a little bit. I make sure to have some protein with it though.
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i've eaten popcorn probably about once a week or two since starting and i haven't had any negative effects whatsoever. it doesn't matter if i eat a handful, or half a bag.. haven't had a problem.

if the butter is poisonous i'd be dead. i worked in a movie theater for 2 years - trust me i've had my fair share of butter/popcorn (and probably a few other peoples share too lol).

i do however find that if you buy the "movie theater butter" (or any with more butter actually) they tend to have less carbs. I buy a store brand with butter and mine is only 10 carbs per serving (14 carbs 4 fiber) with 3 servings in a bag. not bad in my opinion.
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I always eat popcorn when I go to the movies....it just wouldn't be the same for me without the popcorn! I should add that I don't go to the movies that often. Once in a while I eat the smartfood popcorn at home....I love that stuff!
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:37 PM   #23
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I eat it at the movies... it's Moderation....
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I'm 19 too. And underweight. Its not so much about weight as it is I'm wondering if eating a full bag would make me tired. Right now, I dont care so much but i was having a really bad craving the other day. Next time I have a craving, I may try it.
I say EAT IT!!
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I have eaten the popcorn Sugar Free Sheila mentioned on these boards earlier. It is a small 1.6 oz. bag made by Deerfield Farms and I found it at Walgreens. It has 16 grams minus 4 grams fiber in it. I think a bag of this ever now and then couldn't hurt anyone unless they are in Induction. Just MHO.
I will look for this. This is something I would definitely eat given the carb count.
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OK I found several of them on Walgreens website. Not sure... they do have partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
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I let my daughter eat the Smart Balance popcorn (no trans fats- non-hydrogenated)...(I buy it at HEB). She eats about a 4th of a bag at a time. The package says: 18 carbs per serving, 3 servings per bag (so 36 carbs a bag-3 oz serving---so 18 carbs an oz.). I don't eat it but I let her have this for a snack. This is the only kind that I have found to have no trans fats. Walmart doesn't even have it in our neck of the woods.
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Why not pop your own corn that way you know there is nothing "bad" in it?
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Sarahm19,

Since you are looking at blood sugar control and not weight loss, the only way you will find out if the popcorn will have a negative effect on your body is to experiment with the popcorn - the amount, the kind...

It sounds like the blood sugar aspect of eating popcorn far outweighs any other factor for you. Incidentally, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book does prohibit popcorn for a hard core diabetes blood sugar managment. Just too many carbs and they are too fast acting. That said, since you are not diabetic, you may be able to get away with some.

Try it and see - this is the only way you will be able to know for sure.

Hope this helps,
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Sarahm19,

Since you are looking at blood sugar control and not weight loss, the only way you will find out if the popcorn will have a negative effect on your body is to experiment with the popcorn - the amount, the kind...

It sounds like the blood sugar aspect of eating popcorn far outweighs any other factor for you. Incidentally, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book does prohibit popcorn for a hard core diabetes blood sugar managment. Just too many carbs and they are too fast acting. That said, since you are not diabetic, you may be able to get away with some.

Try it and see - this is the only way you will be able to know for sure.

Hope this helps,
Kathy

I think this was the answer she was actually looking for. GI and blood sugar impact regardless of carb count or impact on induction, weight loss etc.. This and Matts response I think pretty much covered it..A couple of others mentioned a GI rating of various popcorns as well..
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