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Popcorn – Hold the Chemicals

Butter, salt, oil…and disease-causing chemicals?

Studies show that when prepackaged microwave popcorn bags are heated, the grease-resistant coating breaks down into toxic chemicals called PFOAs. The chemicals migrate into the popcorn oil, and then into our bodies when we eat it.

Lab studies link PFOAs to serious long-term health problems. It takes years to break down in the body, and the Center for Disease Control has found the chemical in nearly everyone tested.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to pop corn without cancer-causing, persistent chemicals. You can even pop it in the microwave using a brown paper lunch bag. You’ll save dollars per serving, and avoid the unhealthy food additives, too!

PFOAs have been used since 1947, but only recently has EPA started working with industry to phase them out. If you think chemicals should be proven safe before they reach the shelves, find out about the Safe Chemicals Act.

Information provided by the Oregon Environmental Council Eco-Healthy Home Tips April, 2012.

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