#25 – Microwave Popcorn
Popcorn has paved its way into our hearts as a “must have” when it comes to movie night snacks. It makes sense, it’s cheap, it’s tasty, and requires virtually no preparation. Popcorn has become so popular, in fact, that Americans consume about 17 billion quarts of it every year. While popped corn itself is not an unhealthy food, your 3-min microwaveable pack likely is.
You’re probably thinking– why is microwavable popcorn unhealthy? Well, for a number of reasons. For starters, the corn itself is usually GMO (we’ll discuss this a little bit later), and the bags that it comes in are usually lined with perfluorochemicals (PFCs), which are toxic. These chemicals often contaminate the popcorn inside the bag and saturate it, making it a poor choice of snack.
If that’s not enough to deter you, then consider the fact that popcorn flavorings themselves often times contain toxic ingredients, too. If you’re itching for that “cheddar” popcorn flavour, don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re actually getting any cheese – you’re not. For buttery flavors, the taste usually comes from a compound called diacetyl, which has been linked to a number of health conditions. So next time movie night rolls around, grab some kernels and pop them the old-fashioned way – on the stovetop (and skip the artificial flavoring).