Who doesn't love relaxing at home with a nice bowl of popcorn? While popcorn itself is a healthy, whole-grain snack, The Doctors advise to be wary of certain microwavable popcorn products.
Chemicals used in the lining of microwavable popcorn bags, including perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals caused liver cancer, testicular cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize and migrate into your popcorn, where they can stay in the body for years and accumulate.
To reduce your risk, pop natural kernals in a skillet, adding a small amount of real butter or dried seasonings for flavor. Or, try these microwavable brands, which use PFOA-free bags:
- Quinn Popcorn
- Jolly Time Popcorn
- Snappy Popcorn Co.
- Newman's Own Organics