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Review: The Popcorn Diet

written by: SamarO • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 2/4/2009

The obsession with losing weight has given rise to diets based on every imaginable food. Popcorn is no exception. But is a diet based on popcorn healthy? Or even safe? Read this diet review to find out more about the Popcorn Diet.

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    Nutritional Value of Popcorn

    Popcorn has been a staple snack for decades. It is a favourite among adults and children alike. The general consensus of all snacks is that they're unhealthy. But the nutritional value of popcorn is very surprising.

    Popcorn is:

    • Low in calories
    • Sugar free
    • High in fibre
    • Rich in carbohydrates
    • Fat free

    Going by its nutritional value, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks available.

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    How the Popcorn Diet Works

    By its name, the popcorn diet sounds like the dieter only eats popcorn or the majority of their meal consists of popcorn. That is not the case. The popcorn diet involves eating healthy foods that are low fat and low calorie with lots of fruits and vegetables included. The popcorn comes in during snacks. Instead of eating junk food or even munching on dry fruits or nuts in between meals, the dieter snacks on air popped or microwave popcorn that is light on sugar, butter and salt.

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    Is the Popcorn Diet Recommended?

    Theoretically, the popcorn diet looks ideal. Its nutritional value is excellent and it's a snack food loved by everyone. Being high in fibre, popcorn keeps us feeling filled. It seems like the perfect win-win option.

    On the other end of the spectrum, eating unflavoured, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn gets boring and tiresome very early. How long can a person consume bland, tasteless popcorn as a snack? Adding of flavour - even just butter - can turn this nutritional snack into a diet enemy. Adding anything at all to popcorn drastically increases the fat, calorie and sodium levels.

    Also, consuming too much popcorn stops our body from absorbing Vitamin B. When our body does not absorb vitamin B, it can lead to skin rashes, depression, anemia, lethargy, etc. Some individual's bodies are unable to absorb corn at all which will result in more trouble and side effects. Corn is also an allergen which can lead to breathing problems. Too much corn can also block the digestive tract.

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    Verdict

    Attempting the popcorn diet is not a wise decision. It's great to start, but its not a short term, quick fix and instead can take weeks which means that the dieter will only be eating tasteless and dry popcorn in their snacks for a long time. As humans, we need variety even in our snacks. Eating a food that we can't have much variety or variation in is not going to last long which makes the popcorn diet a failure.