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Ditch Unhealthy Microwave Popcorn NOW And Make Your own


by Katherine Marko
The Alternative Daily

Oh so convenient, microwave popcorn is a favorite late-night movie night snack right? The problem is, it’s usually comes drenched in “butter flavoring” and salt. But here’s what you may not know: that intoxicating, artificial butter scent that fills your home each time you microwave popcorn actually poses a health risk for you and your family.

Deceptively delicious

There’s no denying that microwave popcorn smells darn good coming out of the microwave, but that’s where it all goes up in flames — so to speak. It turns out that tantalizing aroma is actually a chemical called diacetyl, a synthetic butter flavoring. And according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), inhaling butter flavoring is very volatile when evaporating into the air from liquid or solid form.


Not only is this chemical highly irritating to the eyes, respiratory tract and skin, but apparently, microwave popcorn production plant workers develop severe lung disease because of routinely handling open vessels containing those nasty chemical ingredients. People who work as mixers and who are exposed to the synthetic butter flavoring have chest symptoms including shortness of breath and poorer lung function than people who have never worked as mixers.

Microwave popcorn and Alzheimer’s

And if that’s not bad enough, a recent study published at the University of Minnesota in the Chemical Research in Toxicology Journal revealed that regularly eating popcorn laced with diacetyl influences the buildup of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. That links diacetyl to Alzheimer’s.

And even more chemicals…

With microwave popcorn also comes chemicals like perfluoroalkyl, perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate. These are used to line the popcorn bags to prevent grease from soaking into the bag. Microwaving chemicals fuse into the popcorn and pose a host of health nightmares. They wreak havoc up your endocrine system, cause thyroid issues, bladder cancer and much more. The greatest amount of chemicals are emitted when the bag is opened post-popping — more than 80 percent of the total chemical emissions occur at this time suggests research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Don’t give up popcorn just yet

Between the chemicals and trans-fats, that bag of microwave popcorn has now become a snacking nightmare. But your love affair with popcorn doesn’t need to end here. Instead, of chemically-laden microwave popcorn, pull out a large pot and pop your own — sans microwave — the old-fashioned way. In addition, change up the flavor to add a modern twist on this old-time favorite snack.

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups kettle corn (or air-popped popcorn)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions:
  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, place all ingredients except for the popcorn and heat on low. Whisk ingredients until melted and well combined.
  4. Remove topping from heat and pour over the popcorn. Combine well to coat all popcorn evenly.
  5. Spread the popcorn (single layer) between the two baking sheets.
  6. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir the popcorn to evenly coat. Bake for another 3 minutes and repeat the process. Cool completely before eating.
Turmeric and Garlic Infused Popcorn

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups kettle corn (or air-popped popcorn)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Instructions:
  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, place all ingredients except for the popcorn and heat on low. Whisk ingredients until melted and well combined.
  3. Remove topping from heat and pour over the popcorn. Combine well to coat all popcorn evenly.
  4. Serve with wet paper towels!
Rosemary and Garlic Infused Popcorn

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups kettle corn (or air-popped popcorn)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sprigs rosemary leaves, removed from stems
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Instructions:
  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, place all ingredients except for the popcorn and heat on low. Whisk ingredients until melted and well combined.
  3. Remove topping from heat and pour over the popcorn. Combine well to coat all popcorn evenly.



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