A bowl of Popcorn is the perfect accompaniment for a movie night, but will they ruin your keto diet? Let’s know all about your favorite snack today and decide if it is keto friendly.
Popcorn is typically made from dried corn kernels that are heated to produce edible puffs. If corn kernels are unflavored and air-popped, then they contain 4 grams of fiber and 18 grams of carbs. They have a relatively low glycemic index of 55. Huge volume and its high fiber content of popcorn also make it a filling snack. This makes it easier to control your portion as against most common snacks like chips, chocolates and fries.
However it is important to avoid microwaveable popcorn which is full of preservatives, flavors and added chemicals.
Consuming popcorn in limited quantity is allowed in a low carb or keto diet as it contains an impressive amount of fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. According to research a small cup of popcorn will not kick your body out of ketosis. If you’re new to a low-carb lifestyle, or just starting the ketogenic diet, cutting out your favorite high-carb snacks can be a difficult process. But replacing your favorite potato chips or other unhealthy snacks with popcorn can actually ease your way into ketogenic lifestyle.
Alternatively you can also use a tablespoon of coconut oil, butter or olive oil to pop your popcorn as it will still keep your body into ketosis. It is crucial to keep in mind that you should air pop your popcorn at home so that you can control what oils or condiments go into your popcorn as against theater popcorn which is most likely highly processed and filled with harmful additives and added sugars. Apart from this it is easy to lose track and overeat snacks but sticking to a small serving of one cup of popcorn is imperative for your body to stay in ketosis.
By Saloni Sethi