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Sunday, May 15, 2011

microwave popcorn PSA

hey all.
i bet you're a little confused that the text
is aligned left instead of centered,
but that's because this isn't you're average recipe post,
this is a health warning.

i wanted things to remain fairly positive up in here.
i never wanted to nag you about how to live your life
or what you should and shouldn't eat.
but i figured what's more positive than saving your life...
from popcorn.

friends, enemies, frenemies,
do you regularly enjoy popcorn in those microwave-able bags
that come pre-seasoned and flavoured?
please don't anymore.
they are slowly killing you.

and not because of the obscene amounts of sodium and fat,
or unpronounceable ingredients
that you are ingesting when you eat it.

it's the stuff you are inhaling.
some of those artificial ingredients, the ones used for the
become literally poisonous gases when made airborne.
they cause cancer, birth defects, permanently destroy your lungs,
and can cause changes to your immune system and liver function.

as i am against repitition on the internet,
(always remember that EVERYTHING you post or type online is stored in data banks somewhere, which are machines that have to be maintained and cooled and new ones
are constantly being built as i type just to store what i am typing right now as memory....)

i implore you.
research, spread the word.
i know that there's alot of stuff in the world that's "bad for you"
and it isn't always obvious,
but this seems particularly sneaky.
the VAPOURS from something as harmless as popcorn?
it's a whole new direction food products are going
in order to be irresistible to
and horrible for us.

i don't consider myself a conspiracy theorist.
i don't think corporations TRY to harm us with their products,
but they sure don't seem to care much when they do.
as long as they make a buck or a million while they're at it.

popcorn used to be (and still can be) a very healthy
and CHEAP snack.
if you do not have a microwave,
these can be found in thrift stores for a couple of bucks.
they work great.

just stick to the bulk popcorn in the bins at your grocery store,
avoid the bags of orville and other brand popcorns near to the microwave popcorn,
they might have those flavourings on them.

the most important thing to point out is that
the companies claim to be "changing their formulas" and
removing the so-called "toxic ingredients."
this may be true.
but the chemicals they are replacing them with
are almost molecularly identical and have
been proven to be just as dangerous!

diacetyl - causes bronchiolitis obliterans (aka “popcorn lung”)
which is debilitating and potentially fatal. irreversibly destroys
the small airways in the lung. the only treatment is a single or
double lung transplant.
perfluorooctanoic acid - PFOA - a deadly toxin, exposure has
been associated with birth defects, increased cancer rates, and
changes to lipid levels, the immune system and liver function.


  1. Hi Michelle and thanks for the links to my blog "The Ethical Nag: Marketing Ethics for the Easily Swayed". I too didn't start off writing about microwave popcorn to sound the alarm (I LOVE popcorn!) but the more I learned, the scarier it all seemed.

    And that do-it-yourself brown paper bag microwave popcorn option is just so darned easy and cheap - and far less deadly! And also stink-free compared to that odd stench of storebought...

    Almost as scary to me as the processed microwave stuff, however, were the stats on movie popcorn I found. For example:

    "An average medium popcorn tub at the movies has 1,610 calories, 1,500 mg of salt, and 60 grams of saturated fat, thanks to being popped in artery-clogging coconut oil. That’s roughly the saturated fat of one stick of butter and the calories of two sticks of butter. Asking for ‘golden topping’ on movie popcorn is like asking for oil on French fries."


  2. no problem Carolyn!
    it is scary. and weird.
    i eat popcorn all the time,
    we always had a popcorn popper when i was growing up, and my mom would put a modest but tasty amount of melted butter, salt and brewer's yeast. yummmmm. now i also put garlic in the butter while it's melting in the pan, and chili powder and fresh herbs if i have em. with a salad, it's a darn good dinner.

  3. Garlic, chili powder, herbs? Sounds great! A friend told me recently she's discovered that a little sprinkling of Stevia, a bit of salt and just a skiff of melted butter (not margarine) makes a homemade alternative to Kettle Corn.