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18 Jan 2006

What does popcorn do to a diet plan?
I'm on a structured diet program, but nowhere in the list of "eats" and "don't eats" is anything said about popcorn, which I'm virtually addicted to.
I usually prepare the popcorn the old fashioned way i.e. in sunflower oil in a pot. I need to know whether I should cut popcorn out completely or not, what is the nutritional vaue, calory counts, fat content, starch content etc of popcorn. I cannot find this information in any book nor on the Internet.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Andy
All foods have the potential to cause weight gain if eaten in excess. However, plain unbuttered popcorn contains 1908 kJ/100g or 572 kJ/30 g portion (136 kcal/30g), which represents about 6% of the daily energy for an adult woman. So you can certainly have it once or twice a week as a snack. I don't know if your diet plan is described in terms of carb, fat and protein portions, but if so, a 30g portion of popcorn would be regarded as a carb portion and can be substituted for other carbs such as a slice of bread, etc. The carb and fat content of a 100g of popcorn are: 47g and 22g respectively.
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