How Popcorn Can Cause Cancer
Popcorn is a popular snack for those of us who are trying to eat something salty, but not have too many calories. And many microwave bags come in portion control size. So you might be thinking, what could possibly be wrong with our favorite treat? Well, popcorn on its own doesn’t cause cancer. But microwave popcorn has been ruled carcinogenic by the FDA. Microwave popcorn bags are coated in a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid. Perfluorooctanoic acid is a known carcinogen. The high heat from the microwave can cause the acid to break down, and it can get onto your food. You can make popcorn in an air popper or in a pot. If you want the convenience of the microwave, combine 1/4 popcorn kernels, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top over a couple of times. Heat it on high until there are 2-3 seconds between pops. Healthy and easy!