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REAL Frugal Food: Microwave Popcorn without the Chemicals

REAL food need not cost an arm and a leg. While some foods DO cost more, there are other foods that are actually CHEAPER. You just need to learn which foods are worth the extra money and which ones to skip. Popcorn is one of those foods that can actually be CHEAPER. While 90% of the corn produced in the US is from GMO seed, popcorn has not been genetically modified. {Check out this interview from Jeffrey Smith and this article about popcorn}.

REAL food Microwave Popcorn From WholesomeMommy.com

If you are interested in how to avoid GMOs while shopping for REAL food, you should download this handy PDF that will help you understand and will help guide you while you’re shopping.  Of course, I am always here too, and happy to answer your questions and help you navigate your way!

So, what kind of popcorn SHOULD you buy?  Loose, bulk popcorn is your best bet. You can find it in the bulk bins of some grocery stores like Whole Foods for a very reasonable price, but you can also find the loose kernels in a tub on the shelf of ANY grocery store right next to the microwavable kind.

Skip the microwavable packets of popcorn.

Why the loose kernels and not those easy, cheap microwaveable packets?  Popcorn is a healthy, whole-grain snack.  So, popcorn is not the issue, it’s the chemicals used in the lining of the bag, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

PFOA is also used to make Teflon and other stain- and stick-resistant materials, including pizza boxes. It’s part of a number of compounds that have caused liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer in animals. The chemicals may also be linked to infertility in women, according to a recent study at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The chemicals in the bag lining get into our bloodstream because they vaporize and migrate into the popcorn during microwaving, said Olga Naidenko, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” she told Prevention magazine for an article titled, “7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips.”

While scientific research has not established a link between microwave popcorn bags with PFOA and increases in cancer in humans, the chemical is so pervasive that it’s detectable in the blood of 95 percent of Americans. {Source}.

Microwave Popcorn from WholesomeMommy.com

How To Pop It

There are a couple of ways to go about it. My favorite way is to add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil to a big pot on the stove. Add 1/4 cup of kernels {that is plenty for the kids and I}.  Turn the burner on high and wait until the popcorn stops popping.  Take the lid off, and drizzle the popcorn with a couple tablespoons of grass fed, pastured, organic butter and some Himalyan pink salt.

But, if you are going for a quick way to pop your popcorn that is mess free and can even be transported to the office, here’s your best bet:

How do You Flavor it?


There are many ways to flavor popcorn.  I have MANY ideas pinned here on pinterest. They include different combinations of herbs, spices, and even sugars.  But classic butter and salt is always a favorite around here.

Just stay clear of the artificial stuff! Microwaveable popcorn packets are ladden with chemical flavorings that are concerning.  A few years ago, microwave popcorn was slammed for the use of diacetyl in its artificial butter flavor, which caused a rare type of lung disease among workers who inhaled it at microwave popcorn factories.

Most manufacturers have removed diaceytl from their products, but it’s been replaced with other kinds of butter flavoring that some government scientists say are just as bad as the original stuff.

Even the top lawyer for the flavoring industry has said that “these so-called substitutes are diacetyl.” {Source}.

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