Chemicals in Your Popcorn?

Pretty much everyday we hear about some new ingredient linked to cancer or some other poisonous chemicals that will turn you into a no-hope patient in no-time. It’s a disturbing and sometimes hopeless feeling to think that you cannot keep poisonous chemicals from getting into your body. As much a we try to keep poisonous chemicals out of our foods, and out of our homes, they always find a way to creep in when we least expect it. This short article from Jennifer R. Beck shows us another sneaky chemical intrusion, and offers a smart way to combat those chemical assailants.

Pop Safer

Popcorn is a healthy go-to snack, but you may want to think twice before you microwave your next batch. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that the chemicals used to coat the insides of microwavable bags can contaminate the foods in the packages and enter your bloodstream. “These substances were shown to break down into perfluorinated carboxylic acids, or PFCA’s” says Jessica D’eon, the study author and a graduate student in the department of chemistry. The acids have been linked to cancer, and there’s no way of knowing which bags contain them, because manufacturers don’t put that info on the package. You can still safely pop your favourite snack in a flash, according to Susan Mitchell, R.D., Ph.D., a nutritionist in Winter Park, Florida, and coauthor of Fat Is Not Your Fate: Fill a paper lunch bag with a quarter cup of popcorn kernels and a teaspoon of olive oil, fold the top over tightly and microwave on high for two to three minutes; add salt to taste.

There are always alternatives to keep your home free from chemicals- what have you done to remove unwanted chemicals from your daily life?


About SuzieSloth

I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor with a passion for physical fitness and a background in public health. I love learning new things about the fitness world and about innovations in all health fields. I like to share tidbits that I find in magazines or on the internet with friends and clients. Please feel free to email me with questions or comments, or leave comments on any post on my blog. And make sure to stop by my website: View all posts by SuzieSloth

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