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Old 01-22-2007, 09:49 AM   #31
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I wasn't craving popcorn until I read this. *drools*

Ahem. However, I refuse to give in.

(And I agree, both from a health-conscious and taste standpoint, air-popped popcorn is better.)
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:49 AM   #32
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Therefore, I refuse to support this. And from your microwave? You don't breath any in when you open that bag? What happens from factory to home that prevents this?
Good for you. I'm not saying it should be supported by any means. Though, if we start looking at labor injustices and boycotting products, we'd be left with precious few products to select from. It's certainly an individual decision.

What happens is the volume. The factory workers are exposed to it for probably 10-12 hours a day 5-7 days per week. It's similar to lab rats getting cancer from too much artificial sweetener. The results are deceptive unless you know that they were consuming their body weight in artificial sweetener per day.

I would also imagine that there's a difference between breating in fine particles of the actual powdered butter topping and breathing in the aroma of it once it's been in your microwave and is no longer in it's powdered form. I would liken this to asbestos. Asbestos in a finished product rarely caused illness. It was the workers who installed and/or removed it (using tools to cut and and causing paticles to be disperced in the air) who have a very high incidenct of asbestos related diseases.
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I can smell it as it is popping with real butter poured all over with salt.

Lets change the subject.
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:17 AM   #34
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I can smell it as it is popping with real butter poured all over with salt.

Lets change the subject.
I agree. That's a treat that I can't indulge in until I hit maintenance!
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popcorn = the Devil

That is all...
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Good for you. I'm not saying it should be supported by any means. Though, if we start looking at labor injustices and boycotting products, we'd be left with precious few products to select from. It's certainly an individual decision.

What happens is the volume. The factory workers are exposed to it for probably 10-12 hours a day 5-7 days per week. It's similar to lab rats getting cancer from too much artificial sweetener. The results are deceptive unless you know that they were consuming their body weight in artificial sweetener per day.


I would also imagine that there's a difference between breating in fine particles of the actual powdered butter topping and breathing in the aroma of it once it's been in your microwave and is no longer in it's powdered form. I would liken this to asbestos. Asbestos in a finished product rarely caused illness. It was the workers who installed and/or removed it (using tools to cut and and causing paticles to be disperced in the air) who have a very high incidenct of asbestos related diseases.

ahh interesting! thank you! You're right with your first paragraph! We'd be boycotting everyone!

So, stay away from microwaved transfats.
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ahh interesting! thank you! You're right with your first paragraph! We'd be boycotting everyone!

So, stay away from microwaved transfats.
You're welcome.

I try so hard to stay away from ALL transfats. I guess it would help if I lived in NYC and the restaurants just couldn't use/serve them.
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:29 PM   #38
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I love popcorn too, but it always seemed like one of those food items with hidden evil of making you kinda wanna keep eating till it's clear out of site Well at least that how it works 4 me.

Honestly I think that since corn is a starchy veg ( hi impact carb), and since popcorn is essentially still corn.. then you might want to seriously reconsider choosing nutritionally empty vs more gratifying whole foods
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popcorn is one of the few things I would allow myself while low carbing. It never knocked me out of ketosis.
Is the carb count kernels? Or popped corn? I love making my own and putting parmesan cheese, butter, etc on it. Soooo much better than microwaved, we used to smuggle into theaters. But now that I'm on low carb. (Atkins said for me to start at phase 2) I fear it will be my nemesis!
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If you are making microwave popcorn at home, please make your own bags of it. So much better for you, so much cheaper, and easy! Plus you can make just a wee bit and no more, so helps you with portion control if you have control issues.


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If you're going to make popcorn at home ... why not just throw it into a pan with hot oil?

I guess I really AM old, that no one thinks that's the best way to make it anymore.

I think the air-poppers came out in the 70's, just when the "food pyramid" folks were getting ramped up and fat was bad.
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My friend has lost 68 pounds in the last year, and eats popcorn at the movies almost every week. She says the key is to saturate it with butter to lower the glycemic index.... not popular, just telling her experience. Other than that, she is a stickler for the Atkin's rules.
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JMHO. There are a lot worse things you can fall off the wagon for. I ate a small bag of popcorn a couple of weeks ago and I don't think I noticed the slightest blip in my weight chart.
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My friend has lost 68 pounds in the last year, and eats popcorn at the movies almost every week. She says the key is to saturate it with butter to lower the glycemic index.... not popular, just telling her experience. Other than that, she is a stickler for the Atkin's rules.
My point exactly!
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I will pop some organic popcorn every once in a while. I like to use the old fashion method on the stove in a pot but we use coconut oil.

I bought an air popper for ease but hubby doesn't like it. It's kind of chewy......

load it up with kerrygold and yeah baby!
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My friend has lost 68 pounds in the last year, and eats popcorn at the movies almost every week. She says the key is to saturate it with butter to lower the glycemic index.... not popular, just telling her experience. Other than that, she is a stickler for the Atkin's rules.
That's actually a lot like loading the baked potato with butter and sour cream.

I think both the potato and the popping corn have similar glycemic index ratings and are similar in glycemic load. (give or take a couple of points)
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I LOVE POPCORN!

I did not eat any during my initial weight loss. I agree w/ Jenn, stay away from it until you make it to some weight you want to keep at & make it a treat. I did not go to the movies specifically because of the popcorn temptation.

When you do have your popcorn, cook it naturally in a big heavy pot in oil (makes a lot) & DRENCH IT IN THE BUTTER

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I will pop some organic popcorn every once in a while. I like to use the old fashion method on the stove in a pot but we use coconut oil.

I bought an air popper for ease but hubby doesn't like it. It's kind of chewy......

load it up with kerrygold and yeah baby!
Mmmm....A little nutritional yeast and some sea salt in that combo, and I'm a happy girl!
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After thoroughly researching this very issue, I found that 16 gms of plain popped popcorn = 12.4 carbs , 10 NC, & 50 calories. I put about 3 T. kernals in a brown paper lunch sack, fold it over X2 at the top & pop on hi in MW 1 min & 50 secs in my MW. I measure out 16 gms & then pour 1 T. melted butter over it & then sprinkle some salt on it. A yummy, yummy treat for 10 NC & 150 calories.
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If you're going to make popcorn at home ... why not just throw it into a pan with hot oil?

I guess I really AM old, that no one thinks that's the best way to make it anymore.

I think the air-poppers came out in the 70's, just when the "food pyramid" folks were getting ramped up and fat was bad.
I think just making your own microwave popcorn in a plain brown bag/sack just saves having to wash up the oiled pan and it's lid, and then the bowl you pour the corn into, etc.

Just quicker in the microwave and no oily pans and lids and bowls to clean up afterward.
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...I think the air-poppers came out in the 70's, just when the "food pyramid" folks were getting ramped up and fat was bad.
Hi ph-gal…
The best use I ever made of an air popper was to learn how to roast coffee in it.

Yup - 2T oil in a pan for 1/2cup corn kernels (45 net carbs), then cover it with melted butter...

This is not aimed at anyone specifically…I just need to say something…

I'm not doing health-conscious low carb, so it doesn't bother me if my wife wants to microwave her popcorn, or if I have nitrate in my bacon, or cage fed eggs, aspartame in my diet soda, soy in my protein shakes etc.

My wife and I are 62 yrs old and neither suffering medical ailments, despite me spending at least 58 of those years eating in a most unhealthy manner.

So I take a lot of the health advice in the forum with a grain of salt, and with my eyes squinted (so I can think about what's being purported).

I also don't read studies anymore, because the people who write studies have to make money writing them, and unless their studies are 'very-radical' they never get published.

I'm also not an anti-healthy eater, and at 110lbs lower than I was 2˝ yrs ago, I'll settle for being a bit 'risky' with my foods now to keep enjoying (perhaps even furthering) my losses of pounds and inches and enjoy my foods…

Not everyone has the means to pop corn the old fashioned way, but if it keeps them on course, then I say micro-on!


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The best use I ever made of an air popper was to learn how to roast coffee in it.
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Roast coffee in your corn popper???? Can you elaborate on that? Do you mind? Sounds very interesting. Never heard of that before.
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Roast coffee in your corn popper???? Can you elaborate on that? Do you mind? Sounds very interesting. Never heard of that before.
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Many home coffee roasters started out roasting our coffee beans in a hot-air popper before we graduated to more sophisticated roasters. It's actually fun and easy to do, and a good training ground for learning to roast.

But it is an out-of-doors in spring-summer-fall activity since the air temperature affects the ability of an air popper to heat the beans sufficiently.

Here's a page with a video or two that Tom at Sweet Maria's Coffee made for home roasters - and he is the vendor who I buy all my green coffee from (and have for over 12 years now).

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Thanks lj...! I'll check it out tomorrow. Too sleepy now to think straight.

I have roasted coffee before, but really didn't know how to do it right. We roasted it in our oven. Boy did it stink while roasting (at least at first till it was almost done). And we had some that really hadn't dried well yet when we first started doing it. (Long story) As the beans got older, the coffee got much better!!!!

I like my coffee, but I'm not all that much of a gourmet coffee person. So I'm not really all that interested in actually roasting my own, but I was very interested or curious about roasting it in the air popper. Who knows, maybe someday I will obtain raw beans again, and give it a try. ???

Thanks again for the link!!
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Happyheart,

Where did you find this carb count for 16 grams of popped popcorn; that seems like a lot of popcorn! How much popcorn is 16 grams in terms of volume/cups? Would the carb count be the same if I popped it in oil on the stove top?

Kaaren:

Any popcorn I make will be DRENCHED in European-style butter; does that really blunt the glycemic spike? I've heard that it does for baked potatoes--something else I seldom touch anymore. I seem to occasionally get away with a medium sized potato with loads o' butter and no gain the next day. I would love to occasionally have my popcorn, too.

Air popped popcorn tastes like Styrofoam--BLECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Happyheart,

Where did you find this carb count for 16 grams of popped popcorn; that seems like a lot of popcorn! How much popcorn is 16 grams in terms of volume/cups? Would the carb count be the same if I popped it on oil on the stove top?

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16 grams should be the weight of 16 small paperclips. So, not too much, unfortunately, even for light popcorn.
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