Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org
I have pre-diabetes and enjoy having an afternoon snack. Is microwave popcorn ok for me to have?
Answer: Popcorn can be a good choice for an afternoon snack since it is lower in calories and fat and contains some fiber. When choosing what variety to eat, choose those that do not contain extra salt or butter such as ‘Movie Theatre Butter’ or ‘Blast o Butter’. Typically, 3c popcorn contains 15g carbohydrate or one carbohydrate choice so remember to watch your portion sizes!
Tip: If you choose to make homemade popcorn rather than store bought microwave popcorn, use a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of canola oil on the bottom (~1 Tbsp). Add some popcorn kernels and pop away. The popcorn will have a lot of flavor without the added salt and butter in addition to incorporating monounsaturated fat which our body needs. See my previous blog titled ‘Healthier Fats’ for more information about various types of fat.