Microwave popcorn is one of the most popular snacks in America, but did you know there may be hidden dangers to the delicious treat? Dr. Mehmet Oz joined Fox and Friends to detail what we should be concerned about when it comes to microwave popcorn.
The smell that first hits you when you open a bag of popcorn is perhaps one of the most satisfying, but it may be harmful to your health.
Dr. Oz explained that the smell is actually a chemical called diacetyl, a synthetic butter flavoring added to the product.
People who work in the factories developed a problem called “popcorn lung” from inhaling the gases with the diacetyl in it. Dr. Oz said even people who make it frequently can develop lung problems.
Another problem is PFOA, a chemical that lines the bag. Dr. Oz said that 20 percent of this chemical in our bodies comes from microwave popcorn. It can cause thyroid issues, high cholesterol and bladder cancer.
There is good news for popcorn lovers. Instead, put organic kernels in a brown paper bag and lay it flat in the microwave. After a few minutes, you'll have the exact same product without all the dangerous chemicals.