Plain air-popped popcorn is a healthy, whole-grain, antioxidant-rich snack food. Compared to microwave popcorn, air-popped popcorn has about 93 calories versus 130+ calories for microwave. Plus, depending on your flavor choices microwave popcorn has more sodium and saturated fat.
The number 2 ingredient in microwave popcorn is palm oil, which is really unhealthy for Mother Earth. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, oil palm tree farming is a major source of carbon and habitat damage.
“The large majority of palm oil production occurs in just two countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, where huge swaths of tropical forests and peatlands (carbon-rich swamps) are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, releasing carbon into the atmosphere to drive global warming while shrinking habitats for a multitude of endangered species. The areas being cleared for palm oil are particularly rich in carbon. Indonesian forests store even more carbon per hectare than the Brazilian Amazon thanks to their carbon-rich soil; palm cultivation there was responsible for 2 to 9 percent of worldwide emissions from tropical land use between 2000 and 2010. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the burning of peatlands releases a dangerous haze into the air, resulting in severe health impacts and significant economic losses. Each year, more than 100,000 deaths in Southeast Asia can be attributed to particulate matter exposure from landscape fires, many of which are peat fires.”
Here are a couple ways to make your popcorn:
Stovetop with oil
This method gives you a couple tips to get the oil to the right temperature so that all the kernels pop at about the same time.
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Mother Nature was having a good time when she invented popcorn. Popcorn is a fun snack, just place in a paper bag and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.