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Popcorn Okay for Atkins?

Ruby Asked: Ok…little help…how bad would it be if I started eating popcorn again? I’m a popcorn FREAK!! I can’t get enough of it usually…BUT I haven’t had it in weeks! according to fitday it’s 6 carbs per 1 cup. I’m guessing 1 cup popped? I don’t know maybe unpopped. 1 Cup of popped popcorn isn’t much. And what about hot dogs. I’ve been on a hot dog kick lately. According to the package, there is less than 1 g of carbs. Although I’ve heard that I should avoid them because they are so processed. Anybody have any insight for me?

Hey Ruby. Popcorn is a big problem for everyone on any diet, especially the Atkins Diet. Hardly anyone agrees on whether popcorn is acceptable for your diet plan or not. The Atkins Diet website does not even go into detail on whether it is okay or not.

However, what the Atkins Diet website does give are the total carb, fat, and calorie count per three and a half cups of popcorn. For example, it says 3 ½ cups of plain, air popped kernels contain 21.8 g total carbs, 1.2 g total fat, and 107.0 g calories. Yet, the site doesnâ??t mention whether or not it is recommended to stay away from or if its allowed in any phase. By looking at the nutritional count, it seems you would want to refrain from popcorn due to the high calorie and carb count.

Some health experts and lifetime dieters believe that because air popped popcorn is actually whole grain that it would be acceptable for Atkins diet in the second and third phase, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) and Pre-Lifetime Maintenance. They too recommend no more then 3 cups of popcorn. Others say that popcorn kernels themselves are pure carbs. So if you eat movie popcorn, which is oil-cooked, it contains 57% carbs. In other words 100g of popcorn equals 57g carbs.

As for hot dogs, there are many brands that are okay for the Atkins Diet. Hereâ??s the deal. Many brands like Oscar Meyer or even brands of Kosher hot dogs contain between 1 and 5 grams of carbs. What you need to be careful of are added ingredients that will harm you such as added sugars and grain products. In other words, not only do you need to read the nutritional facts but also the active ingredients.




One Response to “Popcorn Okay for Atkins?”

  1. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the info. I’ll probably just stay away from popcorn from now on just to be safe.

    -Brenda

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