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 because you struggle with a pesky bacteria or yeast overgrowth, you may decide that eating popcorn on a low carb diet should be a rare treat. 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.
1 tbsp. Popcorn Seeds
1 tbsp. Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
Sea Salt (Optional)
- Place organic coconut oil in a skillet.
- Put the skillet on the stovetop using medium-high heat.
- Add the popcorn seeds before the oil gets hot.
- Immediately cover with a secure lid.
- Seeds will begin to pop within 2 – 3 minutes.
- Once you have popcorn, keep covered and remove from heat.
- Sometimes popcorn kernels pop after you have removed from the heat. Therefore, please use caution when removing the lid.
- 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.