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Is popcorn a good snack if you have diabetes?

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Popcorn is a great snack for a diabetic, according to Everyday Health, but the type of corn and the preparation impact its value. Popcorn is typically high in whole grains and low in carbohydrates. Lighter popcorn with fewer calories is best, especially for Type 2 diabetics.

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Excess salt and butter are among the problematic ingredients in popcorn. Light spray olive oil is an option to add flavor, but with healthier fats, reports Everyday Health. Among the snack food options for a diabetic, popcorn has a very low glycemic load. Three cups of popcorn is the recommended snack serving amount for a diabetic, according to SFGate.com.

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