Popcorn itself is a great high fiber and fairly low carb snack. And it’s also a cheap snack. The problem with popcorn comes from the extra ingredients added and in the case of microwave popcorn the bag itself.
A lot of bagged popcorn has perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the same ingredient found on many non-stick pans. It has been linked to liver, pancreatic, and liver cancer in animals. The chemicals may also be linked to infertility in women.
Microwave popcorn also often contains things like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial favor, and artificial color. All of these ingredients come with there own set of possible health problems.
Air poppers are one way to make healthier popcorn but they are made of plastic and can still release chemicals that aren’t very safe. Plus it’s a one-use kitchen appliance and if you are short on space you may not want to store one.
One of the easiest and safest ways to make popcorn is in a stainless steel pot. It’s quick, easy, and requires no special equipment!
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Quick & Easy Stovetop Popcorn
- 1/3rd cup Popcorn Kernels
- 3 tablespoons Refined Coconut Oil (it needs to be refined to stand up to the medium high heat)
- Optional: Butter
- Heat coconut oil on medium high heat. After the oil has melted, place three kernels in the pot. When all three pop the oil is ready.
- Add the rest of the kernels.
- Shake often and slightly open the lid every once in awhile to release the steam.
- Once popping has slowed to a couple of seconds between pops, remove from heat.
- At this point add salt and anything else you want on your popcorn.
You can also add a bit of sugar for a kettle corn favor. Garlic and other seasonings are also fun. Play around with it and find your favorite favors.
What do you like to eat on your popcorn? I like butter most of the time but also like a little sugar sometimes.
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