microwave popcorn is a convenience food. Americans consume 54 liters of popcorn each year. It’s easy with a sealed bag containing dried corn, cooking oil, spices and artificial flavors, placed in the microwave and heat until the corn stops popping. It sounds pretty simple, right?! But what lurks in this convenient, easy to pop popcorn bag.
Let’s start with the ingredients listed common in popcorn microwave
- Make popcorn
- oil partially hydrogenated soybean
- Natural and artificial flavoring
- soy lecithin
- propyl gallate
corn: from 2012, 94% of non-organic corn is genetically modified. 60 countries have completely banned genetically modified, but here in the US, labeling requirements have been up to the discretion of each state. This problem has been brought to Congress and we will discuss this as a country.
There are 85 bills related to GMOs in 29 states on the issue of labeling of GMOs. 3 states in the US They have passed laws requiring food companies to label their products if they contain GMO ingredients.
oil, partially hydrogenated soybean: It is a fat made by the natural man (one of the oils and soya oil less healthy) that causes cell dysfunction. This dysfunction can cause cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, bone degeneration, increased levels of “bad” cholesterol and lowering levels of “good” cholesterol, reduces the function immune, reproductive problems and creates causes interference with our body’s ability to use omega-3 fats.
Soy Lecithin: Soy is high in phytoestrogens than any other food. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our body. Consuming high amounts of phytoestrogens, it is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and decreased libido.
- Soy is also the king of Goitrogens cells (suppressor thyroid).
- Phytlates found in absorption soybean mineral block.
- is also in inhibitors soybean trypsin inhibits proper digestion of protein.
- 93% of soy is genetically modified.
propyl gallate :. Food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical preservatives that can cause cancer, stomach and skin irritation, allergic reactions breathing impact also kidney problems and liver
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone): TBHQ comes oil and relates to butane. This can be toxic and can also cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium and collapse. It has been shown to cause stomach cancer in lab rats, DNA fragment and cause damage to human lung cells and umbilicals. In children it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHD.
ingredients not listed in microwave popcorn
diacetyl: it is a chemical, synthetic butter flavor. This is the delicious smell that the bellows of the bag as soon as the bag of popped corn is opened. People in popcorn factories develop “popcorn lung” and popcorn, even frequent can develop lung problems from inhaling the chemical.
reports Dr. Mercola, “the researchers conducting test tube studies revealed that diacetyl has several properties related to brain health. Not only can cross the blood brain barrier, which aims to help keep toxins from your brain, but can also cause brain proteins to fold in the form linked to Alzheimer known as beta amyloid. it also inhibits the mechanisms that help cleanse naturally the dangerous amyloid beta from the brain.
it is not known at this time whether the consumption of foods containing diacetyl (used not only in microwave popcorn, but in other snack foods, baked goods, pet food, some fast foods and other food products) increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but the finding that may contribute to brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease in very low concentrations is worrisome, to say the least “.
The proposed legislation in California that would ban diacetyl and women of Connecticut Congress asked the FDA ban diacetyl until its effects are better understood.
PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid): a synthetic chemical that coats the popcorn bag. It is mostly used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals (known as fluorotelomers).
PFOA can remain in the human body for long periods of time. Studies have found that it is present in very low levels in the blood almost everyone in the United States.
Studies in humans have found that people with occupational exposure to PFOA are at increased risk of bladder and kidney, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, cancer, and infertility.
Some studies have analyzed those affected by PFOA from a chemical plant in West Virginia. These studies have focused on the two workers of the plant and residents of the community. The most recent study linked an increased risk of testicular cancer PFOA exposure. The chance of having testicular cancer tended to increase as the increased level of exposure to PFOA.