Is popcorn allowed on the Keto diet? Everyone following the Keto Diet Plan wants to know the answer to this question. The true answer is that it depends on the amount of macros you have allotted in your program to carbs. The Keto way of eating is not restrictive. You can eat pretty much what you want as long as you keep your carbs low.
How Keto Works…
Keto is a low carbohydrate, high fat program that is based on managing the intake of 3 primary macronutrients namely carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The caloric combination of these three makes up your daily total calorie intake. Keto is also based upon the fundamental principle that when you replace carbohydrates with fat as the primary source of energy, you lose weight.
When carbohydrates aren’t available, the body will begin to burn fat, which will get converted into amino acids and ketones bodies. This is called ketosis. What’s so amazing about ketosis is that is that the extra fat stored in the body seems to get burned without any specific cardio exercise. Usually, Keto diet is expected to provide 75% of your daily calorie from fat, 20% from protein and 5% from carbohydrates. That is 30 to 50g of carbohydrate per day in practical terms. The figures given above are average and the exact requirements vary from individual to individual. It can be determined by analyzing the body fat and protein requirements.
So what about Popcorn? Is Popcorn Allowed on the Keto Diet?
Yes. But I wouldn’t advise it because popcorn has 21 g of carbs per ounce. The only way I advise anyone to eat popcorn while on Keto is when you’re having a cheat day or if your macronutrients allow you to eat 50g of carbs per day.
But don’t worry, there are some substitutes for Popcorn which contains fewer carbs. Some of them are nuts, pork rinds, cheese crackers, and jerky. Be careful with nuts. Because even though there are a lot of nuts available, not all of them are recommended for a Keto diet as they contain more carbs than others.
Using Nuts As Substitutes for Popcorn
Pecans are one of the nuts that can take over Popcorn. For a one ounce serving, pecan contains 196 calories made up of 20g fat two and a half gram of protein and nearly one gram of carbs. They also contain essential vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, folic acid, And minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus and a trace of Zinc.
Macadamia nuts are another suitable substitutes as they contain the maximum fat among nuts. An ounce of them contains a total of 204 calories. The fat content is about 21 grams. It is also a good source of thiamine, iron, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Brazil nuts are another high-fat low carb but that can be preferred over Popcorn. These nuts is one of the highest protein nuts available. They contain 186 calories per ounce of which 19 grams are fat, one and a half grams of total carbs and an incredible 4 grams of protein. It also has Selenium, copper, magnesium, and thiamine.
Other nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts are also suitable low carb nuts that can be snacked on instead of Popcorn. Eating these will still keep your body in ketosis.
Beef jerky can also be a good substitute as it is made of leaner meat which is stripped of from any extra fat. Jerky is a popular snack for everyone especially for people who are on a Keto diet. Jerky can be made of chicken, and turkey, in addition to beef. Meat is cut into small slices and dried to prevent it from rotting. It contains approximately 20 grams of fat, two grams of net carb and 3-4 gm of protein per piece. Together it has around 82 calories as well.
If You Have a Sweet Tooth In the Movies Then Try Keto Cookies
Keto cookies are the best option for people with sweet tooth. The best option is to carry them with you in the movie theater. If you don’t have time to make a batch, you can buy Fat Snaxx or purchase some Keto bars or Fat Bombs from Slimfast.
Planning is the key when it comes to popcorn. Sometimes people following Keto will assign a specific day of the week to take a break from the Keto diet and load up carbs as much as possible. It is on these days that you should eat popcorn. It may kick you out of ketosis and reduce your fat burning rate. But it’s not that hard to get your body back.
So at the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not to eat the popcorn. However, I would advise against it.
Do you eat popcorn while on Keto? Leave a comment in the comments section below to let us know how it has worked for you.