Can I eat popcorn if I have diabetes?

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Low-fat microwave popcorn cooks up in a snap. And it's packed with slowly digested whole-grain fiber as well as disease-thwarting antioxidants, making it perfect for people concerned about blood sugar and diabetes. And because popcorn is so light and fluffy, you fill up on fewer calories than you would with more energy-dense snacks like potato chips.

Popcorn can be a healthy, whole-grain addition to your eating plan, but choose the kind you pop on the stove-top or in a hot-air popper, rather than the microwave kind, and add butter yourself. Two cups of popcorn contains only 12 grams of carbs and gets you a couple grams of fiber, too.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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