Popcorn on Low Carb Diet

Eating Popcorn on Low Carb Diet Plans

Some low carb diet eaters may say that eating popcorn on a low carb diet is not allowed. However, I disagree somewhat. I think it really depends on your reason for being on a low carb diet and the serving size. Therefore, if you are on a low carb diet just to lose weight, eating a small portion of popcorn on low carb diet plans can be a healthy low carb snack.

On the other hand, if you are on a strict low carb diet to manage your blood sugar levels or are trying to stay in ketosis you may decide that eating popcorn on a low carb diet should be a rare event. However, since eating popcorn on  low carb diet plans will be fine for most of you, I will share some basic popcorn facts and nutrition. Then, I will conclude with a simple stovetop popcorn recipe.

Where Does Popcorn Come From

Popcorn is the product of dried corn being heated. The starchy hull of corn contains up to 20% moisture. Therefore, when a popcorn seed is heated, steam is produced. The steam causes the hull to erupt or “pop” into the fluffy semi-low carb snack that we know as popcorn.

Popcorn Nutrition (1 Tbsp.)

40 Calories , 0.5g Fat, 9.5 Carbs, 1 g Protein

Corn is a starchy vegetable. Nevertheless, one tablespoon of popcorn seeds can make a really great low carb snack.  Like low carb fruit, the key to eating  popcorn on low carb diet plans is self-control! Because of this, I find it best to pop my own tablespoon of stovetop popcorn in organic coconut oil. It really is simple! Plus, you capture the health benefits of eating coconut oil.

Stovetop Popcorn:

1 tbsp. Popcorn Seeds

1 tbsp. Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil

Sea Salt (Optional)


  1. Place organic coconut oil in a skillet.
  2. Put the skillet on the stovetop using medium-high heat.
  3. Add the popcorn seeds before the oil gets hot.
  4. Immediately cover with a secure lid.
  5. Seeds will begin to pop within 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Once you have popcorn, keep covered and remove from heat.
  7. Sometimes popcorn kernels pop after you have removed from the heat. Therefore, please use caution when removing the lid.
  8. Remove lid and add salt to fit your taste.


If eating popcorn is not a real treat to you, eat something else. However, if you really enjoy the taste of  eating warm, crunchy, and salty popcorn – you can enjoy eating popcorn on low carb diet plans.

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