Is Microwave Popcorn Bad for You?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Ask the Diva: Is Microwave Popcorn Bad for You?

Q. I just read an article that says microwave popcorn bags contain a dangerous chemical that ends up in the popcorn we eat. Is this true and, if so, is it true for all microwave popcorn, including organic brands?

A. Yeah, I am not a big fan of microwave popcorn products. Chemicals in the bags are one concern. They’re also sky-high in sodium and the artificial flavorings and colorings are a real turnoff, too.  Plus, the cheapskate in me can’t get over the fact that for what you spend for three little over-salted bags, you can buy enough popcorn to fill a small room. Click here to get my recipe for cheap, chemical-free microwave popcorn.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.