Microwave popcorn is such an easy snack, that we often don’t think about how unhealthy it really can be. Between toxic chemicals and GMO-based corn kernels, microwave popcorn is one of those snacks it is better to avoid
Many people just assume that because popcorn is a low-calorie alternative to snacks like potato chips or candy. The truth is, most microwave popcorns are cooked in vegetable oils and seasoned with toxic chemicals. Not to mention that the corn itself is barely food-quality, and more likely than not, from a GMO based crop. So let’s break down the reasons to avoid Microwave popcorn.
Image Source: rodalenews
1. The Lining of Microwave Popcorn Bags:
Even the bag involved in microwave popcorn is bad for you. There is a pad in the bag that is designed to heat the oil that seasons the popcorns as it pops. These pads contain Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which according to a study at UCLA, is linked to many health problems.
85% of the corn grown in the US today is genetically modified in one way or another. The most common modification is to make the corn resistant to pesticides, so the end result is corn that has been soaked in dangerous chemicals throughout it’s lifespan.
3. That Butter Flavoring is Toxic
Every year, workers in microwave popcorn factories are injured by inhaling diacetyl, which is a component in the butter flavoring in microwave popcorn. If they can’t breathe it what makes you think it’s any safer to eat?
4. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil oxidizes when exposed to heat, which leads to the creation of free radicals. Free radicals in your body are linked to a wide variety of ailments and diseases, from premature aging and inflammation, to cancer.
5. Microwave Popcorns is Far From it’s Original Organic State
By the time those little kernels even make it into the bag to be popped they’ve been treated with chemicals, and manipulated in so many ways that it is amazing that they still resemble corn at all. The chemicals preservatives and treatments that the kernels are sprayed with have been linked to many diseases.
Please do share this useful information with your friends and family by hitting one of the share buttons below.