I’m still learning about nutrition and health, reading articles daily. Today I learned a disturbing fact about microwave popcorn in an article titled, “7 Foods You Should Never Eat”
published by the Health Freedoms Alliance. Chemicals including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lining microwavable popcorn bags cause infertility, liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. When heated, they vaporize and infuse the kernels. I felt uncertain about the “Snap,Crackle, Popcorn” recipe I included in my post called “When to Choose Organic Produce”, so I called the manufacturer of the popcorn I’d recommended in the recipe, Bearitos brand organic “No Oil, No Salt”, to ask about their bags. I was very happy to learn that they specifically do not use PFOA in theirs. While I do feel better knowing this, the article was thought-provoking, and I am questioning the use of a paper bag in the microwave for any use since it contains dioxins, another cancer-causing chemical. I never use any other paper or plastic products in the microwave so why would I use a popcorn bag? My new popcorn kernel recommendations: Pop them in a microwave-safe bowl with a safe lid or dish over it; allow steam to escape by leaving a small gap. Or, pop the old-fashioned way on the stove.
The other six foods to avoid that are included in the article are: canned tomatoes as the acid in tomatoes leaches out even more bisphenol-A (BPA) (an estrogen-like hormone that can cause infertility, and breast and testicular cancers) than is present in most canned foods; corn-fed beef which is less nutritious than grass-fed; non-organic potatoes which, like all root vegetables, absorb fungicides, pesticides and herbicides through the soil, and are treated with even more chemicals so they won’t sprout once harvested; farmed salmon which is filled with contaminants; milk with artificial hormones; and conventional apples, the fruit with the highest pesticide residue. You can read the article here: http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/12/06/7-foods-you-should-never-eat/
Updated Coconut Popcorn
1/2 cup of organic, plain popcorn kernels
2 T coconut oil
1 t Himalayan salt
Melt coconut oil in saute pan. Add kernels and cover, shaking pan and watching carefully. Alternatively, pop plain kernels in microwavable bowl covered by dish leaving slight gap for steam to escape using popcorn setting; add melted oil to kernels afterwards if using microwave. Add salt when popped.