My boys LOVE a good movie. But sometimes I think they love the buttery popcorn even more then that flick I paid $10 a pop to see!
We used to buy the mega pack of microwave popcorn at my local big box store. The kids would eat it after school, while cuddling up for family movie night, or anytime they just wanted a quick snack.
Periodically my oldest son would ask me if we could make homemade popcorn. Who the heck to I look like, Martha Stewart? Popcorn from scratch!?
It only took about 30 seconds of Googling to realize making popcorn is SUPER easy! Not only that, but I also found out how the American tradition of microwave popcorn is ACTUALLY bad for you. I'm not just talking about the steam burn you get for ripping open a hot bag.
Some studies show that ingesting microwaved foods changes perfectly normal molecules into a dangerous free radicals, increasing the risk of cancer.Microwave popcorn is also full of trans fats, which help to aid it's long shelf life. The problem with that is trans fats are thick, like an oil sludge. Your body has a really tough time breaking them down, so they can hang around in your cells like a toxic grease.
Do you like to season your popcorn with a delicious side of Perfluorooctanoic acid? No! Well you may not have a choice when it comes to bagged popcorn. Many manufacturers use PFOA in the lining of their bags. The trouble is, not only has it been linked to cancer and infertility, BUT it also can take years to leave your system. That bag you ate 10 years ago could have left PFOA in your body that is still there TODAY!
Lastly, you know that "buttery flavoring" so many of us subconsciously lick off each finger ( not that I've ever done that)? Well, the chemical diacetyl, that is used to create artificial butter, has been linked to lung disease in workers at popcorn factories. What's more shocking is that a 53 year old Colorado man nearly died from it after his 2 bag a day habit. "When heated, Diacetyl turns to vapor and enters the lungs as steam fresh from the bag."
Next time you want that movie theater feeling without the hot bag of death, try my no-fail, perfectly delicious homemade popcorn!
The BEST Homemade Popcorn, EVA!
All you Need:
1 Medium sauce pan with lid (the lid is VERY important)
2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil or butter
1/4 cup Organic Popcorn kernels
Salt, Cinnamon, Chili Powder, or Garlic power (optional)
Wait about 1 min and watch the magic!