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#641892 --- 09/16/07 02:00 PM Popcorn......
~Ellie~ Offline
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"QUESTION: I heard recently that the material used to line the inside of microwave popcorn bags is a carcinogen. Can you find credible evidence to support this?
ANSWER: In the past several years, two concerns have arisen with microwave popcorn. Research continues, and neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a definitive statement.
One concern is the coating on the inside of the popcorn bags that keeps them dry. A study showed some coatings contained fluorotelemers, which may be transmitted to the popcorn. Microwave popcorn bags contain more fluorotelemers than any other household product.
The second concern is the chemical diacetyl, which is sometimes in the butter flavoring of popcorn. The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health warn that prolonged exposure to diacetyl can cause serious lung damage."


When I had to switch to a low sodium diet, I started making my own popcorn. I had forgotten how much better it taste over the microwave kind. I cook it in that smart balance omega oil and it's probably one of the healthiest snacks I eat now. Anyone who has never had the real homemade popcorn should give it a try!
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#642279 --- 09/17/07 12:27 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: ~Ellie~]
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I also highly recommend the minimal investment in an air popper...no oil at all!
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#642371 --- 09/17/07 02:08 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: HeavenlyPlaces]
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Ellie,

How do you pop it, in a pan or a popcorn machine?

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#642440 --- 09/17/07 04:36 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: MAKOLLIG JEZVAHTED]
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I can't get enough of the salty stuff, so I rub the popcorn on inside of bag before eating it. Now, I am doomed.

NO MORE MICRO POP CORN for me...POUR OVER BUTTER addiction is now ceased. Thanks for the info Ellie.

what do you put on your home popped corn?
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#652526 --- 10/03/07 01:34 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Carin']
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I take regular popcorn, put it in a paper lunch bag, tie a string around the top to seal and microwave it. I used to spray a little pam into the bag but found you don't need it. After a few experiments with quantity, heat settings and times it works great and no pan to dirty. Also you won't get all that fat that's in the MW bags.

I've been known to sprinkle hot sauce on my popcorn - or - put in a bowl and pour milk on it and eat it like cereal. Is that weird?
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#652536 --- 10/03/07 01:46 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Rick-the-Builder]
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I like it w/garlic powder ...the hot sauce I may try...the milk yes that is a bit weird.
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#652548 --- 10/03/07 01:53 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Della]
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My Grandfather got me hooked on popcorn and milk when i was a little kid. Must be one of those family things.
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#652556 --- 10/03/07 01:58 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Rick-the-Builder]
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#652570 --- 10/03/07 02:06 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Della]
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My kid rolls her popcorn in ranch dressing..mmmmm good
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#652574 --- 10/03/07 02:09 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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I bet...I think ranch dressing is the best thing ever made. I only do the garlic powder b/c there is no sodium or calories.
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#652722 --- 10/03/07 10:31 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: Della]
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Doesn't milk shrink the popcorn and make it chewy?

My son uses a paper brown bag and staples (2) it shut instead of tying it.

I use seasoned salt on popcorn.
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#652726 --- 10/03/07 10:43 AM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: SilverRose]
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You use metal (staples) on something going into the microwave? My machine would implode!
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#715941 --- 12/23/07 05:29 PM Re: Popcorn...... [Re: HeavenlyPlaces]
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Take a brown lunch paper bag.. keep folded...pour in popcorn and fill folded bottom... fold top..... and put in microwave and viola! Homemade fat oil free *air-popped* popcorn.... garnish with 0 calorie butter spray.... cost pennies a serving and you can even reuse the paper bag..
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