Avoid microwave popcorn
Have you ever cut open a microwave popcorn bag before you pop it? It is absolutely horrifying. The popcorn kernels are packed in this grey-brown sludge of artificial butter flavouring (usually diacetyl, which causes respiratory and lung problems), GMO corn or vegetable oil, artificial preservatives, salt, and PFAS. PFAS chemicals have been linked to serious health effects and are notoriously persistent in the environment and the human body. It’s just not a good scene.
But we all love popcorn, so what are we to do?
Luckily, it is very easy to pop corn without these bags. You can use a regular brown paper bag, fill it with 1/4 cup of corn kernels, and pop it in your microwave for 3-5 minutes. You know it’s almost ready when the popping starts to slow down.
You can also pop it on your stovetop with a regular stainless steel pot with a lid. You don’t need to put oil in, just heat the pot on medium heat, put the kernels in, put the lid on and shake the kernels around every 2–30 seconds as they pop. As soon as popping slows, take it off the heat.