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Popcorn is a whole grain that is as delicious as it is fun to eat, but the microwave varieties—even those labelled as "healthy"—are a causing a stir among scientists. Here's why: Microwaving can cause chemicals in the lining of the bag, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), to vaporize and leach into your popcorn. According to a recent study from UCLA, PFOA;s are part of a "class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans."
What's worse, PFOA’s at a certain level cause cancer in laboratory animals, so there is concern that these chemicals could similarly build up in humans and cause cancer.
Fix it: Pop your snack the old fashioned way by putting plain kernels in an air popper or pan. If you are set on the convenience of a microwave, a plain brown lunch bag works almost as well.
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