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I am prediabetic. Can I eat popcorn made at home with about 3 tablespoons of oil? I have not been able to find out. Thank you so much for your website. It is great and so, so, helpful.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Thanks for your nice words about the Dr. Gourmet website. Your feedback means a lot to us.

You might be better off to choose one of the microwave popcorns that are on the market now. Both Orville Reddenbacher and Pop Secret make 100 calorie packs and these were reviewed on the Dr. Gourmet web site recently.

The three tablespoons of oil alone is not unhealthy, but there's a lot of calories in that amount of oil (about 400 calories) and the popcorn could be another 100 calories.

At 100 calories the microwave packs are be a great option for you. Popcorn is high in fiber and makes a good snack.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet