Can you eat popcorn without a gallbladder?

In this brief article we will answer the question, “Can you eat popcorn without a gallbladder?” We will also look at the Nutritional composition of popcorn and recommend diets to follow after having your gallbladder removed.

Can you eat popcorn without a gallbladder?

No, it is not advisable to eat popcorn without a gallbladder. After gallbladder removal it is recommended you stay away from foods with high-fat, fried, greasy foods, and fatty sauces and gravies. If you really must have popcorns, eat air popped popcorns in small quantities but by all means avoid microwave popcorns.

It is advised to skip popcorn because they have trans fat especially if they are microwavable popcorn. This is majorly due to the flavorings. Margarine is a main ingredient in the making of popcorn, margarine is made from industrially processed vegetable oils and is worse than butter. 

It usually contains Partially Hydrogenated Oils, PHO, which is used to extend popcorn’s shelf life, but the downside is that it produces trans fats and as you may be aware they are a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases.

Even butter as a flavor is shown to have about 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. Caramel flavoring can have as much as 1.5 grams. Some manufacturers use extra-buttery varieties which contain as much 15 grams of trans fat per bag. An average person can consume a bag in one sitting when watching a movie and ends up eating up a lot of Trans fat.

What is the nutritional composition of popcorn in one bag?


The amount of calories in a bag of microwave popcorn depends majorly on the ingredients and flavor and this is different between the different brands.. For example, according to the USDA, a 100g sample of low-fat microwave popcorn has about  424 calories and 9.5g of fat, as well as 14.2 g of fiber.

On the other hand, a 100g sample of butter-flavored microwave popcorn made with palm oil has about 535 calories and 30g of fat, but just 10 grams of fiber. A similar flavor of popcorn with partially hydrogenated oil,has about 557 calories, 34g of fat and around 10 grams of fiber.

If you are big on eating popcorns, it is recommended that you consume air popped popcorns as compared to the microwave ones. A 100g of air-popped popcorn contains about 387 calories, 4 grams of fat and 14.5 grams of fiber. 

Vitamins and Minerals

Air popped popcorn contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals that can boost your health. Based on the reference dietary intake (RDI) issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a single 3-cup serving of air-popped popcorn delivers:

  • Iron: 4.2% of the RDI
  • Copper: 7% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 7% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 2% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 2% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 3% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 2% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 7% of the RDI


A cup serving of air popped popcorn contains about 1 gram of protein. According to the CDC, women require 46g of Protein in a day and 56g for men. So popcorns are definitely a poor protein source to the body and you’ll have to incorporate other diets to meet your protein requirements for the day.


Popcorns are actually very fiber dense majorly because it is a whole grain. Women require around 25g of fiber a day and men require 38g according to a study by Harvard Health. If you consume a  3-cup serving of air-popped popcorn you get approximately 100 calories and 4 grams of fiber . This means that consuming popcorns can go a long way in adding to your fiber requirement which is good for digestion and regular bowel movements.

That said, apart from getting fiber and some minerals and vitamins which are at low proportions. If you have had your gallbladder removed, popcorns don’t add much to the nutritional nourishment of the body. It is best to skip them due to the risk of consuming high amounts of Trans fats.

What foods are good if you have had your gallbladder removed?

Some good diets you can follow are:

  • Lean protein: Lean meat is essential as it is low in fat and can be easily digested. Some types of lean meats you can introduce into your diet include fish and seafood, chicken and legumes.
  • Low fat protein: Low fat protein sources such as nuts, seeds, soy, beans provide proteins and contain low amounts of salt, sugar and fats while being a good source of protein.
  • Healthy fats: Unsaturated fats are usually easier to digest than fatty foods. Sources are soybean oil, fish oils, nuts, seeds, olive oil and canola oil. 

Other FAQs about Popcorn that you may be interested in.

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Where do popcorn seeds come from?

Can you eat microwave popcorn when pregnant?


In this brief article we have answered the question, “Can you eat popcorn without a gallbladder?” We have also looked at the Nutritional composition of popcorn and recommended diets to follow after having your gallbladder removed.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.