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Fast, easy-to-make and delicious, your favorite snack of microwave popcorn, doesn’t necessarily come without a price. According to recent reports, news stations from all over the world have warned consumers about the dangers of popcorn lung, a health condition that workers in popcorn factories suffer from after being exposed to substances such as melted butter for long periods of time. To better understand how the medical condition affects people it’s important to know why popcorn lung is so dangerous and why microwave popcorn might not be that good for you.
What is Popcorn Lung?
A medical condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans, popcorn lung affects the narrowest of pathways in the lungs, making it hard to breathe. Inflammation is a common side effect in people who have worked in popcorn factories producing microwave popcorn. In recent years, popcorn lung lawsuits have become more prevalent as people have lost their ability to work.
Things to Eat Instead of Microwave Popcorn
There are many things you can snack on in place of microwave popcorn. In fact, you’ll find recipes galore like homemade Lemonade and Lime Jello right here on Mom Always Knows or you can choose from something simple like fresh fruit and veggies. Coming up with quick and easy snacks for the family needn’t take a lot of time, money or effort! You can actually still enjoying popcorn if that is your thing you just need to prepare it on the stove instead.
Switch to Stove-Popped Popcorn for Better Results
It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to continue to eat microwave popcorn knowing it’s negative effects! Opting instead to pop popcorn on a stove reduces the risk and allows you to continue to eat the low-calorie, fiber-rich snack whenever you feel like it. There are many sweet and savory popcorn topping ideas to choose from. If you’re drawn to the saltiness of popcorn, try switching it out with nuts and seeds. You can easily munch on a handful of almonds or sunflower seeds also and top them the same way you do your popcorn!