Barb: Our neighbor and her son came to the door, sales sheet in hand. Popcorn. His troop was selling popcorn. Well, we thought, we'll just buy something and give it away - we don't want all those bad ingredients in our house. However, perusing down the list we saw that they had whole kernal corn in the bag--with no gimmicky stuff.
We couldn't remember how to pop corn the old fashioned way. I had vague memories of a skillet, a lid, and lots of noise as the pan rattled across the stove burner. But I couldn't find the lid for my skillet. I tried microwaving the corn with some oil in a bowl...but the bowl broke in half.
We needed another plan...
We discovered it would only take four ingredients...and one of them was a paper bag.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to 1/2 cup corn.
Heinous Ingredients Found in Microwave Popcorn:
-Artificial Flavors: These are chemical flavorings that have been artificially synthesized in a laboratory. Yum.
-Artificial Colors: Unnatural dyes added to foods to change their color. Also called the "Rainbow of Risks" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food dyes have been linked to ADHD in children, and many have been banned in the UK.
-TBHQ: A preservative and stabilizer used to extend the shelf life of foods (but not people). Has been linked to stomach cancer and damage to DNA in lab animals.
If In Doubt, Go With the Short List
OPTION 1: ORVILLE REDENBACHERS, MICROWAVE RANCH POPCORN
INGREDIENTS: Popping Corn, Palm Oil, Salt, Freshness Preserved with TBHQ and Citric Acid. Pouch Ranch Seasoning, [Buttermilk, Salt, Tomato Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Cornstarch, Sugar, Whey, Sodium Diacetate, Onion Powder, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Spices, Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Lactic Acid Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavors, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate Canola Oil, Artificial Color (Including Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Blue 2 andFD&C Yellow 5) Maltodextrin, Disodium Phosphate, Less Than (2%) Silicon Dioxide Added as an Anticaking Agent], Buttermilk Powder, Salt, Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring,Modified Cornstarch, Tomato Powder, Citric Acid, Spice and Herb, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Spice and Coloring, Artificial Color, FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Red 40.
OPTION 2: Kernal Popping Corn