How do you POP your Pop Corn?

Microwave pop-corn is the simplest stay-at-home movie night snack. However, before you start “nuking” that bag of popcorn into the microwave, think again!

According to a report from FDA, the chemical coating used in microwave popcorn bags breaks down when heated into a substance called perflurooctanoic (PFOA). PFOA is an acid that can be extracted from the chemical causes cancer in animals and it is “likely carcinogen” to humans.

The dangers of microwave popcorn does not stop there. Microwave popcorn also contains diacetyl – an FDA-approved  chemical found in fake butter flavoring. Most popcorn factory workers suffer from a debilitating respiratory disease caused by extended inhalation of the chemical’s fumes. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health concluded that diacetyl requires further study so that workers in flavoring and snack industry are no longer at risk.

Pop Your Own

Using an air popper or jostling a pot of kernels in a heart-friendly oil on your stove top might be your best choices.

Here’s the way to make popcorn on your stove top:

1. Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or grapeseed oil if you prefer a more neutral taste) into a heavy, 3 quart or larger pan and place on medium high heat.

2. Put two kernels in, and when one has popped, pour in 1/3 cup of pop corn (white or yellow) and cover pan.

3. When corn begins to pop, shake constantly allowing steam to escape from popping kernels–otherwise popcorn will lose its crunch.

4. Remove pan from heat immediately when popping stops or it will burn.

5. Pour into a large bowl and season to taste.

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