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Is popcorn good for those with prediabetes?

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...

popcorn in a white ceramic bowl

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. We've reviewed the 100 calories packs from both Orville Reddenbacher and Pop Secret.

The three tablespoons of oil alone is not unhealthy, but there are 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.

Here's how you can make your own varieties of popcorn at home.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet

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