Popcorn is a favorite snack choice – especially when watching a movie at home or in the theater. People on low carb diets are required to calculate the carbs they eat every day. This is an important task to make sure you stay within your limits.
So how many carbs in popcorn are there?
It depends on the type of popcorn, but most oil and air-popped popcorn has between 5 – 6.5 net carbs per cup. That’s not too bad, but it’s difficult to eat just one cup of popcorn. Most people eat 2-3 cups or more in one sitting.
If you are trying to keep your popcorn as low carb as possible then you should avoid the low fat varieties. Orville Redenbacher’s low fat and Smart Pop varieties have 18 and 20 carbs per cup respectively. This is 3-4 times the amount of carbs of regular microwave popcorn.
So what about the movie theater popcorn that tastes so yummy? In terms of carbs, it is the lowest, coming in at just three grams of carbs per cup. In the fat and calorie departments it comes in dead last and really should be avoided.
Studies are now showing that popcorn in moderation can be good for you because it has antioxidants in it that protects the body from sickness and disease. It also has a little bit of fiber in it too.