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Popcorn - Low Cal, But High Fat? Good or Bad Treat?

I recently discovered that an ENTIRE bag of microwave popcorn only has about 100 calories! I thought this was the perfect solution to my snacking addiction. Even the extra butter varieties still only have 100 cals. BUT....I now notice that it has about 12 g of fat ...hmmm, maybe even per serving? I have to check that. So, if I have 100 cal popcorn as a snack in my 1200 cal day -- is it BAD because it has such a high fat content? I'd prefer to stick with this variety instead of the low fat variety. Any insight would be appreciated?

Thu. Aug 17, 4:33pm

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Well it's probably not great but still not bad. If your eating a lot of other fatty foods I would probably avoid it, but every diet needs some fat so it's definately not the worst thing.

I like to get the low fat, lite butter popcorn then spray it with spray butter for additional flavoring.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 4:36 PM

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BAD -- too much salt and fat!

Popcorn has too much salt and fat! Also, while it is low in calories it requires twice the insulin and cortisol response in the body as a chocolate bar for the same calories! Insulin and cortisol -- tell the body to HOLD ONTO and STORE fat.

So ... while only 100 calories you are doing more damage than eating a chocolate candy bar.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 5:03 PM

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It's not true that an entire bag has 100 calories AND 12g of fat. 12g of fat, by itself, is 108 calories (9 cals per gram), and popcorn is mostly carbohydrates.

I know for a fact, Orville Redenbacher makes mini bags of Smart Pop (94% fat free) that are exactly 100 calories per bag, but the bags are smaller. Each bag, fully popped, has 100 calories, 2g of fat, 24g carbs (4 fiber) and 3g of protein.

A normal-sized bag of microwave popcorn that's listed as 94% fat free (as many are) is about 250 cals, 5g of fat, 60g carbs, and 7g protein.

And even that, with the same number of cals as a chocolate bar, is better for you b/c it's more filling, and has some fiber and protein.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 5:14 PM

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None of the 100 cal bags I eat have 12 g of fat. That seems high. You might want to double check that number.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 5:58 PM

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OP Here

It is the Orville's Popcorn, movie theatre butter. The label says it has 35 calories per cup and 2.5 cups per it would be just under 100 calories. It also says 12g of fat per serving, which would equate to 30g of fat. So, would you suggest I have a brownie or candy bar instead of popcorn when I have a craving? Is the label wrong?

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6:13 PM

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OP here again....

I am reading the small print and it says that when it is POPPED, 1 cup is 2.5 g of fat, so that means it is for the entire bag it has only a little more than 6g of fat? Is it still a BAD choice?

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6:16 PM

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The Mini Bags only have 40 Calories

The mini bags have 40 calories for the entire bag.Hmmm, now that you bring it up, the labels are VERY confusing. It says 1 cup popped is 40 calories, but how many cups are in 1 bag? gggrrrrrr, this is frustrating!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6:20 PM

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I don't think it's so terrible. I would even suggest popping it yourself in an air popper, spraying some butter on there, and voila! Guilt gone, tasty popcorn on. :) You can also try adding some yummy herbs like rosemary and the tiniest drizzle of honey or REAL maple syrup, it's SO good that way.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6:21 PM

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you can buy all-natural, organic, non-gmo popcorn that is very low in fat (un-buttered) and still delicious and filling and satifies thta urge to chew. look in your local natural foods store.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 9:56 PM

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High gylcemic content. Why not have an apple and peanut butter? Much better and will satiate you.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 10:57 PM

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