Microwaved Popcorn Contains Fluorinated Chemicals – Try This Instead! - RiseEarth

Microwaved Popcorn Contains Fluorinated Chemicals – Try This Instead!


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by Heather Callaghan; Natural Blaze

If you’re reading this site, you mostly likely avoid all manifestations of fluoride in order to protect your brain and health. You may even avoid microwaved popcorn, perhaps fearing the GMO hydrogenated soybean oil that slathers the kernels. But if you don’t avoid popcorn bags, then please know that your microwavable popcorn bags are another form of fluoride.

Fluoride is a neurotoxin that has been shown to lower IQs, is linked to cancer, depression, bone issues and endocrine issues like hypothyroidism and weight gain. Fluoridated water systems are correlated with higher rates of ADHD in towns that fluoridate.


Since the fluorinated chemicals are a part of the bag – specifically the wax – this is a problem specific to the microwavable bags – nearly all of them.

Treehugger just reported:
Even though it took 6 months to find an alternative, Coop refused to stock microwave popcorn because of the health risks to customers.

When Danish supermarket Coop discovered that its microwave popcorn contained fluorinated chemicals in the paper bag lining, it decided to pull the popcorn off shelves in 1,200 stores throughout the country. The chemicals were used by manufacturers to prevent the paper from degrading upon contact with hot butter, and they were chosen over natural substances like wax because of their ability to withstand microwave heat.

For six months it was impossible to buy microwave popcorn at Coop. Then, in 2015, a solution was found. A Spanish company called Liven unveiled a paper bag that was free from fluorinated chemicals.
The grocer – who made this move some time ago – has 40 percent of Denmark’s market share. Maybe it will encourage consciousness in other stores and create a chain reaction. They plan to keep removing harmful ingredients, making them similar to Aldi who announced last year that they would add more organic products and ban those that used bee-killing pesticides.

According to Non-toxic For Health:
Popcorn bags are treated with chemicals called fluorotelomers. These chemicals are a part of a class of chemicals that are used to make things stain and stick resistant called perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

Study after study found the breakdown products of fluorotelomers (PFOA and PFOS) are released in popcorn when it is microwaved. Study after study has also found numerous health effects from exposure to PFOA and PFOS.
Indeed, PFOAs which end up in drinking water are toxic. Most recently, DuPont was forced to pay $5.1 million to a cancer victim of PFOA.

Don’t worry – you can enjoy your popcorn fluoride and PFOS-free with these alternatives.


The Poorman’s DIY Microwavable Popcorn

What you’ll need: brown paper bag, organic popcorn kernels, and optional sea salt and butter or oil.

Directions: Pour 1/3 cup of kernels in the bag, fold down and lie flat in the microwave. For your first time, set the microwave for 3 minutes and wait until there are about 5 seconds between pops. This will be your microwave time from now on. Add oil and seasonings if you wish.

Add some paprika – it’s great!

Frugal Girls has a recipe and picture instructionals – but you don’t need tape – it’s not a good idea to microwave adhesives. Note: there’s actually no info on the effects of microwaving paper bags to be honest – it could be toxic so keep that in mind and consider other methods. Be aware that air poppers are mostly made of plastic.

Alternative method using glass bowl

Non-Toxic For Health has an alternative to the bag method. Using a “2-3 quart tempered bowl ” pour the same amount of popcorn and you must use one tablespoon of an oil. Use parchment paper on top with holes punched in. Non-Toxic for Health recommends a rubberband to keep the parchment paper on top. Same amount of popcorn and time. Has anyone tried this without the rubberband?
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