Did you know?? That even though 90% of corn in the U.S. is genetically modified, popcorn isn’t!! As a health nut and being aware of how most corn in the states in GMO, I was incredible shocked to know that in fact it isn’t.
Popcorn is made from a completely different type of seed that has not been modified yet. THANK GOD!
Although, I must admit… I still take my own organic popcorn to the movie theaters. Movie theater popcorn, even though not GMO, are cooked in trans-fat oils and have artificial butter flavor and color. That’s why if you ask for no butter it still has that yellow color and butter taste.
When you do ask for butter, do you really think that’s real, 100% butter? Nope. It isn’t. it’s soybean oil (GMO), colored and flavored to look like butter and has about 130 calories per tablespoon.
WHAT ABOUT MICROWAVE POPCORN?
Have you ever heard of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)? It’s the same toxic chemical found in Teflon pans and I think it’s pretty clear how bad it is for our health. They have been linked to infertility, cancer and many other diseases in lab animals. Furthermore, the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) has listed the chemical as a carcinogen.
They have genetically modified and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Partially hydrogenated (or trans-fats) are the worse kinds of fat you can consume as they can clog your arteries. (Read more about GMO’s here.)
Artificial and “natural” (not so natural) flavors have been added to the mix. If you have done some research, you’ll come to find that they are equally as bad and have been processed at a lab in the same manner. The only difference is the source.
Artificial Flavor is known to cause many health problems including dizziness, chest pain, headaches, fatigue, allergies, nausea, and much more.
On the other hand, food coloring for a long time now, has been linked to behavioral problems in kids according to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
To make matters worse, some studies have shown that propyl gallate, which is added as a preservative, may cause cancer in rats. Other side effects linked to the chemical are stomach and skin irritability and allergic reactions.
In conclusion, popcorn is a really healthy snack. They are loaded with vitamins like folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamins B, A, E, and K, as well as being a source of iron, potassium, zinc, and polyphenols. So it all comes down to how you prepare it.
I think it’s safe to say that making your own popcorn at home is a safer bet. And it literally takes about two or three more minutes than microwaving a bag.
Homemade popcorn simply has corn (preferably organic. I use this one), coconut oil and salt. It takes about 4 minutes and you can make as much as you want.