Apparently its National Popcorn Day! So to celebrate I thought it was past time to show you how to make popcorn without all the crap that comes in the Act II bag. It should be a no-brainer that buttery flavored powder is laced with all sorts of chemicals, but I thought that making it the old fashioned way was too hard. Not anymore! I’ve got an awesome tip for y’all.
But first, another rant about why you should not eat chemicals. This time I’m talking popcorn.
The bad news: Microwave popcorn, although delicious, is filled with harmful chemicals that can cause infertility, lung disease, and (yes I’ll say it) cancer.
Here are some of the concerns I’ve found:
PFOA’s are “part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA,” says Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group.
“They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.” (Did you catch that? It causes cancer in lab animals. Don’t freak out that its being tested on animals, be glad that someone is testing it since the FDA obviously doesn’t care. Besides, it would be logical to find a probable correlation to causing cancer in humans as well- and yet it is still being sold.) (featuresblogs.chicagotribute.com)
The good news: Making popcorn without these chemicals is just as easy. I’ll show you how.
Take 1/2 cup of regular popping corn.
Put it in a brown paper bag. I didn’t have a plain one, so I used a Culver’s bag that hadn’t made its way to the trash yet. (No need to call me out on my hoarding or hipocracy, I’ll admit it) Fold the top down a couple times.
Then lay the bag on its side in the microwave. Set the microwave on 2 minutes and 30 seconds, stopping if you hear 4 seconds of no popping near the end- to prevent burning.
Open your bag to simple, chemical free popcorn. Now go melt some real butter and give Orville a run for his money. (insert evil laugh)
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