Whether as an inevitable accompaniment to watching movies or as a snack at parties, popcorn holds a special place in our hearts. There is something so delicious and can’t-miss about this crunchy dish that we simply can’t resist. The humble popped corn is often scrutinized by health enthusiasts. Some insist that it is not a healthy snack and is best avoided when dieting to lose weight. Others say that popcorn is actually a snack that those watching their weight can eat. So which side of the argument is correct? That’s all you need to know.
Can popcorn be eaten in a weight loss diet?
People often embark on certain diets while trying to lose weight. They do various weight loss programs that include calorie restrictions and the inclusion of more foods rich in fiber and protein. Fortunately, popcorn can be consumed even in a weight loss diet because it is rich in fiber and can be an excellent source of it.
Popcorn is made from whole grain corn that is enriched with fibre. Experts reveal that it is also low in calories as it consists only of sprouted corn. “The fiber content in popcorn slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates into sugar, thus reducing insulin response. Popcorn is a great snack for diabetics and also for those looking to lose weight,” revealed Shilpa Arora, a Delhi-based nutritionist and health coach.
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Is popcorn healthy or fattening?
Popcorn, by itself, is not a fattening snack and is actually quite healthy for weight loss. Just like the makhana, which is the sprouted lotus seed, even popcorn is nutritious and can be eaten even while trying to lose weight through a healthy diet. However, nutritionists warn against eating popcorn that contains a lot of butter or cheese. This is especially true of movie theater popcorn or butter-flavored popcorn that can be made in the microwave. They contain trans fats, high amounts of calories, artificial flavors, and other ingredients that are harmful to the body. “We must be careful not to choose the flavors rich in butter that are available in the market, as this can lead to health problems and prevent weight loss,” explains Arora.
Mumbai-based nutritionist and lifestyle guru Karishma Chola agrees that portion control is important while eating popcorn. “Popcorn is a whole grain with a good amount of fiber, which makes it a low-GI food. But eating too much of it in one sitting will cause your insulin to spike. Also, avoid types that contain salt and caramel, for example,” Chawla said. She also mentioned that popcorn is a common irritant to the gut and can lead to inflammation and so much of it should be avoided.
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Popcorn – yes or no? Our verdict
Popcorn can certainly be eaten when dieting for weight loss in small amounts, provided it does not contain salt, butter or caramel. Practice portion control, eat a balanced diet, and maintain a regular exercise regimen to work towards weight loss and become a healthier version of yourself!
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