Store bought microwave popcorn is convenient, tasty and… possibly hazardous to your health.
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Chemicals used in artificial butter flavoring and PCFAs used in the bags, when heated to high temperatures have been shown to have toxic properties and links to bronchiolitis obliterans, (i.e. popcorn lung), and the reduction of childhood vaccine efficacy. WTW?!? Additionally, the sodium content in store bought microwave popcorn is simply ridiculous and the solid greasy gunk in the bag wigs me out. I can’t help but imagine what it is doing to my heart and arteries. 
So…I nixed the chemicals and heart health hazards and started making my own.  It’s fast, easy, clean and costs literally PENNIES a bag. All you need is popcorn, oil, salt and a brown paper lunch bag.
DIY microwave popcorn ingredients
  • Add 3 tablespoons popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. 
  • Add 1 tsp oil.  (I use olive oil. Canola is an excellent choice that adds no flavor.)
  • Sprinkle salt to taste. (I prefer sea salt as it is very fine.) 
  • Shake the bag to coat the kernels.  Fold the top of the bag 2 or 3 times to close and stand the bag up in the microwave.   
  • Set the time to 2 mins and stop the microwave when the popping slows. (1 min 27 seconds is all it takes for my 1100W microwave).  

The result is a bag of light, fluffy, toxic chemical free popcorn, ready for your personalized hookup.  
Yummy DIY microwave popcorn
For my kids, I add about 1 Tbsp of melted butter, shake and serve.    
I love it as is, but sometimes instead of butter I add a light microplane grating of Parmesan. 
OK – one time I messed around and tossed it in homemade caramel. Wont do it again cause my goodness it was good-to-you not good-for-you good!
                                 Refocusing back to reasonable popcorn hookups…  

Without the homemade caramel – DIY microwave popcorn is healthy, clean, easy and delicious.  Give it a try.

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