You tug at the corners of a piping-hot bag of microwave popcorn, and a plume of fragrant steam escapes. We hate to point this out, but that steam contains “nearly four dozen chemicals- the sources include the buttery flavorings and the ink and glue on the bags” according to a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A somewhat cryptic introduction from the Oprah magazine about the dangers of microwave popcorn. But that’s not all. Shape did a study of the top 50 seemingly healthy foods that are actually bad for you and do you know what was the first thing on there? You guessed it. That little bag of microwave popcorn.
This information seems contradictory. After all, I’ve been told numerous times just the opposite, that popcorn is one of the healthiest foods anyone can eat. It has large amount of protein, minerals and vitamins¦ an all-around good food. For centuries popcorn has been basic in diets of many civilizations because it abundantly provides so many different nutrients.
The truth is popcorn=good; bags of microwave popcorn=bad. Why? Because of the preservatives, chemicals, glue, and seasonings that they use. Rather than dismiss this healthy snack entirely here’s a super simple, super cheap, super awesome suggestion.
- Take an ordinary brown paper bag.
- Pour some kernels in there (about ¼ cup would be a good starting point).
- Fold the bag down to close it.
- Put it in the microwave on full power (I usually just hit the popcorn button that’s on my microwave already).
- Stand by and listen until the popping slows down when you can stop it.
See? I told you it was easy! Now you have your popcorn, which you can season any way you want.
Compare the price of a bag of popcorn kernels (about $1-2 a pound) to the microwave bags of popcorn (about $4-6) and you’ll see that this is just a win/win situation.