Stove-Top Popcorn is actually really simple to make and is a great, healthy snack. We like our popcorn in this house and it tends to be our go to movie snack. Depending on my mood I like to mix up the toppings as well! Today I made a regular flavour and a chocolate flavour using raw cacao powder and a bit of coconut sugar.
For a long time I avoided popcorn, as the only way I knew how to consume it was in the form of movie theatre or the microwave popcorn. I avoid movie popcorn because it’s not organic and usually non organic corn products are Genetically Modified (GMO). GMO’s cause many concerns for human health including:
- Toxicity (pesticide (glyphosate) exposure
- Allergic reactions
- Antibiotic resistance
To learn more about the negative health affects of GMO’s head over to GreenMedInfo and David Suzuki’s website. You can also watch this video of Jeffrey Smith, an expert on GMO’s, talk about why they were banned in Europe but are still allowed in the states. This goes for Canada too.
The other thing about movie popcorn is the kind of butter they pour all over it and the oil they cook it in, which is a low quality industrial seed oil (aka vegetable oil). Industrial seed oil includes oils like canola, sunflower, soybean, rapeseed, safflower, cottonseed and corn.
These oils are all high in omega 6 polyunsaturated fats which are prone to oxidation easily. Heat, oxygen and light can all oxidize the oils and they are all exposed to these factors during their production process. This means before you even buy these oils they’ve been damaged. Consuming oxidized oils creates free radical damage in our bodies, which can be linked to cancer, inflammation, heart disease and other health issues.
High consumption of omega 6 from industrialized seed oils also causes throws off our balance of omega 6:3. We should consume a ration of 2:1 to 4:1 of omega 6 to 3, otherwise we end up with issues of inflammation. I wrote more about this in another blog post.
Lastly, can we discuss the quality of salt they use?! Table salt is void of the vast array of minerals that unprocessed sea salt or Himalayan rock salt contains.
I don’t know which is the worse offender but my guess would be the microwave popcorn. The bag the popcorn comes in is lined with the same chemical found in teflon pots and pans. Not good! Take a look at the ingredient list and you’re going to find more industrial seed oils, processed salt, artificial flavour, colour and other weird ingredients. Read more about microwave popcorn on the Food Babe’s website.
So now that we know why movie theatre and microwave popcorn aren’t great for our health, let’s learn how to make out own! All you need is organic popcorn, which you can buy in bulk, coconut oil, Himalayan rock salt and other toppings if desired.
- 1 c popcorn
- 2 tbsps coconut oil
- 3 tbsps butter/[url href=”http://www.richelleludwig.com/condiments/ghee/” target=”_blank”]ghee[/url], melted
- 1/2 tsp himalayan rock salt
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1-2 tsp coconut sugar
- Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add popcorn and cover with a lid. As soon as the popcorn begins popping, turn down to medium and shake occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot.
- Remove from heat as soon as the popping has slowed down significantly and there’s longer than 6 seconds between pops.
- Drizzle with ghee and sprinkle with salt. Shake with lid on to evenly coat popcorn. Eat as is or make chocolate version but adding cacao powder and coconut sugar and shaking again. We made the full batch then split in half and added the raw cacao powder and coconut sugar to one half of the batch.