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What’s In That Microwave Popcorn? What’s In That Microwave Popcorn?
  High in fiber grains, proteins, minerals, vitamin B3 & C and a wonderful source of folic acid it’s hard to phantom that popcorn... What’s In That Microwave Popcorn?
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High in fiber grains, proteins, minerals, vitamin B3 & C

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health issues including kidney disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and lung disease to name a few in microwave popcorn

 

High in fiber grains, proteins, minerals, vitamin B3 & C and a wonderful source of folic acid it’s hard to phantom that popcorn could be bad for us.  Freshly made popcorn from organic corn has been as American as apple pie and movie night.   For centuries this fresh and delicious snack had kept many entertained and snacked.   But in todays world of fast foods and microwaves the commercial microwavable varieties of popcorn now come with a mix of heavy toxins that have been linked to many health issues including kidney disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and lung disease to name a few.  That butter in that microwave popcorn may taste good but it can also cause diseases as a chemical named diacetyl, which is used to give popcorn its scent and flavor, can cause increased levels of clumping of the beta-amyloid proteins in the brain which is the indicator of Alzheimer’s as this damages the nerve cells.  The bag itself is also a playpen for toxic chemicals as Perfluorooctanoic acid is applied to the lining of microwave bags to prevent contact with liquids of fats, which creates the nonstick lining in the bags.  This chemical is a well-known carcinogen and is highly toxic to humans and animals and never leaves the environment.

Perfluorooctanoic acid also causes elevated cholesterol, lung complications and chronic kidney disease.  Many out there that eat microwave popcorn on a normal basis can count on at least 20 percent of this chemical being in the bloodstream at any given time.  When a corn kernel pops and you open the bag at least 80 percent of these toxic chemicals are emitted from the bag so if you are the type that loves the smell of that freshly popped popcorn from the bag you might want to reconsider your sniffing habits.  The oils in the popcorn can also cause inflammation, as they are synthetic soybean or coconut oils, which are tans-fats and can cause clogging of the arteries and can lead to heart attack and or stroke.  Of all the snacks that you and your kids can eat popcorn can build bone, aid digestion, build muscle, tissues and is great for your teeth.  Calcium is a great and natural substance found in natural popcorn and can help in preventing bacteria from ruining your teeth.  Kids need large amounts of calories to keep their bodies active and healthy and popcorn has been shown to contain more calories than most foods.  Keep in mind that a growing boy in school needs up to 3200 calories per day and only 3 ounces of popcorn can supply over 300 calories, alone which is more than the equivalent serving of beef.

The only real alternative is to pop your own corn in a pot.  Buy some corn kernels get a large to medium size pot heat to high, then gently add ¼ cup oil and ½ stick of butter then the corn kernels about ½ pound.  Gently shake to cover bottom of pot then cover.  When the corn starts to pop turn the heat down to medium and shake every 30 seconds until the pops get to 3 seconds in between pops then remove from heat.  Sprinkle with your favorite sea salt, garlic salt, onion salt and or herbs and spices and add your melted butter in drizzles and enjoy with your favorite movie.