Microwave popcorn is fast, easy and convenient – a healthier snack, compared to the sugar, carbohydrate and fat – laden snacks that line the grocery store shelves. But there’s a problem: along with the popcorn, your kids will be ingesting chemicals called fluorotelomers which break down into perfluorooctanoic acid, or “PFOA,” a chemical that has been linked to some significant health problems.
According to USA Today, microwave popcorn bags have more of these chemicals than any other food wrapper (the chemical creates a grease and stain-resistant coating), and scientists suspect that high cooking temperatures may facilitate the migration of these chemicals into the popcorn. It is estimated that microwave popcorn may account for more than 20% of the average PFOA levels measured in American residents. Learn more here.
So get out the old popper or just a large (2 qt.) pan with a lid and enjoy old-fashioned popcorn again. Jiggling a pot of organic kernels in a heart-friendly oil over your burner might just be your best choice. And it takes just a minute!