Dr. Oz: Why and how to make your own microwave popcorn

4 years ago
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I used to work in a company where bags of microwave popcorn awaited us in the kitchen. Several times a day, the appetizing smell and sound of popcorn wafted from the company microwave through the halls.  It was so addictive that many of us ate the delicious crunchies at the office, and then made our own versions at home in the evening.  No problem, right? Wrong, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, popular talk show host and author of "YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger" (click for details).

 Although he agrees that popcorn constitutes a healthy snack (fiber-rich, low in calories and high in antioxidants), Dr. Oz is concerned about the chemicals contained in the typical bag of microwave popcorn.  Those chemicals are associated with conditions ranging from thyroid disease to kidney problems.

So what can you do? Make your own popcorn, choosing a brand that is all-natural, such as Bob's Red Mill Corn Popcorn or Jolly Time Select Popcorn Kernels - Premium Yellow Non-GMO Popping Corn.

Plus: Invest in an air popper, such as the Hot Air Popper By Great Northern Popcorn. And for a fabulously healthy topping, try Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning.

 

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