In its natural form, popcorn is a healthy snack indeed. But once the popcorn manufacturers have developed alternative to the microwave, this snack has almost completely changed its nutritious value. People consume an enormous amount of popcorn annually, most of it being the microwave version.
Before you include more popcorn in your menu, you should know about the health risks that may result from consuming popcorn.
What did you not know about popcorn
– Plastic packaging. Like many other packages for fast food products, popcorn bags are coated with
perfluorochemicals, a class of chemicals that is associated with an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer and damage to the reproduction system. The packaging manufacturers add chemicals to increase the bags resistance to fat, even if these chemicals have shown to potentially trigger symptoms of some thyroid disease and ADHD. Once ingested, the perfluorochemicals remain in the body for a long time, which is another worrying aspect of these chemicals.
– Unhealthy flavors. Experts are not only concerned with the chemicals from the popcorn bags’ composition. Other harsh chemicals are often added to the popcorn, but also in other pre-packaged foods composition to fool the taste buds of people. Often these chemicals are added to give the impression that the popcorn is fresh.
One of the most toxic chemicals added in popcorn is diacetyl – used to give popcorn a fake butter flavor. Diacetyl has been associated in rare cases with the occurrence of lung lesions for the consumers. The researchers found that repeated inhalation of this chemical – the diacetyl vapors are released when the popcorn bag is placed in a microwave oven – caused severe respiratory failure to sensitive consumers.
– Genetically modified food ingredients. Such ingredients have never been tested for longer periods of time and it is not yet known exactly what their effects on health are. However, preliminary studies suggest that genetically modified food ingredients can cause digestive disorders, food allergies and even tumors.
You must know that if they are not organic popcorn, the oil and flavoring substances used in the production of popcorn for the microwave oven may contain genetically modified ingredients.
– Industrialized fats. Industrialized fats such as trans fats are harmful to the heart’s health and were associated with an increased risk of reproductive problems such as endometriosis . Manufacturers use these fats for stable storage of their products.
Even if on the popcorn bags label is noted that they contain 0% trans fat, you should be more cautious. Any hydrogenated oil used in producing popcorn automatically indicates the presence of trans fats. What is the excuse?
International regulations say that the manufacturer is not required to state on the label the presence of trans fat if their percentage is less than 0.5%.