The Popcorn Diet
Written by Diet Bites
Our independent review of this unique method for losing weight; it is healthy? Safe? Effective? We have the answers.
Think a diet filled with popcorn is your ticket to weight loss success? This fad diet is filled with lots of things, but mostly bad things, and certainly isn't a ticket to weight loss success.
Popcorn's good points:
It's generous in dietary fiber at 0.9 grams per cup.
Hot-air varieties are ultra low in calories and fat.
It's available in several varieties, including gourmet, at most markets.
Here are just a few negatives of a diet filled with more Corn than Pop:
Popcorn can contain more calories and fat than potato chips. Though hot-air popped corn contains about 23 calories per cup, when you add butter to your pop, those fat grams and calories take on new heights.
Salted varieties equal sodium issues for individuals who are susceptible to the side-effects of too much in the diet which include bloating, swelling - particularly in the hands, feet, ankles and facial areas, and water retention which can mimic false weight gain. Salted popped corn is extremely high in sodium, particularly the varieties that add special seasonings such as cheese flavoring.
Popcorn by itself is pretty boring. What is the first thing that we do when it gets boring? We search for tasty additives, like butter.
Too much corn blocks the absorption of Vitamin B. Individuals deficient in this Vitamin may experience skin rashes, depression, anemia, memory loss, and low energy levels.
Corn is a very common allergen.
Some individuals are 'corn sensitive' and lack the ability to digest corn. The affected individual may experience skin rashes, hives, gastro upsets, breathing problems, and in rare cases, life threatening anaphylaxis.
This natural food CAN be a great contribution to your diet and get you to that magic number on your scales. However, mankind does not live by popcorn alone.
Fun Fact: Kernels burst up to 30 times their original size when popped.
Important Note: This super food is one of the top 5 foods that kids choke on under the age of five. If you have a little one, doctors recommend that the hulls be completely removed and that the white soft kernel be broken into micro pieces.
Diet Bites' Fad Analysis: Incorporate this super food into your healthy diet. A diet containing one food focus isn't going to meet your nutritional needs and should always be a 'stop, look, listen' before proceeding type event.