Sorry if I offended you with my title to this blog, but I'm sure it caught your attention! I came across something alarming while writing about the caramel coloring in soda drinks. It was the fact that microwave popcorn was rated one of the worst foods you can eat! Sounds like a healthy snack, but there are some pretty harmful chemicals in the bags of microwave popcorn. Most of these popcorn bags are coated with perfluorochemicals linked to various cancers, reproductive system damage, thyroid disease, ADHD and other illnesses. The problem with perfluorochemicals is that they stay in the body for long periods of time once ingested. That is not all, one of the most acutely toxic popcorn chemicals, diacetyl, the fake flavor used to create a buttery flavor, has been linked to lung damage in microwavable-popcorn factory workers. They are also finding that genetically modified foods (GMO's), such as corn, are being linked to long term health problems such as tumors, another reason to buy organic. I didn't mean to ruin your fun, but I'm just trying to raise awareness about a food industry that doesn't seem to be out for our best interest. If you are going to eat popcorn, eat the real stuff!
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Scott Rusin is the Director of Physical Therapy at the Sandestin Executive Health & Wellness Center in Sandestin Resort, Miramar Beach, FL. He has a degree in Physical Therapy, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Nike Golf NG360 Performance Specialist Powered by the Gray Institute.