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Old 12-15-2009, 10:05 AM   #31
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There are two problems with commercially prepared microwave popcorn:

1) Fluorooctanoic Acid in the lining of the bags

2) Diacetyl (actually concentrated fumes from diacetyl when heated) which is in the butter flavoring. I have asthma and sometimes it throws me into an attack if it's not being microwaved in a well ventilated area.

I do like BD3K, Alix and GB ... brown paper bag and butter it after it is popped.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:22 AM   #32
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I mix the oil, corn and seasonings in a bowl before bagging. The oil makes the salt (or whatever) stick to the corn.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:47 AM   #33
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1. Canned tomatoes

I sometimes have that... is it in all cans or just some special ones??
But I must admit I've heard of that before.

2. Corn fed beef

I have no idea about the differences..
do they feed the corn as such or as silage?
Here in G dairy cows get ccm or corn silage, but most meat cows are out on the grass over the summer and are fed with gras silage additionally in winter.. well that's how it works with my meat producer ;o)
It couls also be a bit difficult to feed all cows with gras, I don't know if you find that huge amount on earth?

3. Microwave popcorn

no need for that..

4. Nonorganic potatoes

I rarely buy nonorganic potatoes.. I can't taste a difference but I feel better with organic ones and they are almost as cheap as nonorganic.. well, potatoes as such are much too cheap I think...

5. Farmed Salmon

don't like salmon, so I rarely buy

6. Milk with artificial hormones

not allowed in the EU

7. Nonorganic apples.

get my apples from my parents yard ,o)
well and if I need some I go and buy - if they offer organic, I'll buy, if not not..
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:58 PM   #34
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1. Canned tomatoes
2. Corn fed beef
3. Microwave popcorn
4. Nonorganic potatoes
5. Farmed Salmon
6. Milk with artificial hormones
7. Nonorganic apples.

I am going to starve.


I'd like to see some supporting data, and I'd like to know who the "food experts" consulted were.
1) I doubt it. Canning and processing tomatoes increase the lycopene absorption, thus making them more healthy when consumed. However, like with any other canned foods, it is very important to read the ingredient list and make sure that it lists ONLY tomatoes and water and nothing else.

2) VERY true. Corn is not a cow's natural diet, and anyone who have watched "Food Inc" would know the consequences of it not only to our health, but also to the environment.

3) Microwave is usually bad news, and microwaved corn is no different. Also, as with all processed foods, it is very important to check the ingredients list first before buying.

4) Yeah, potatoes are mass produced, so I'm sure that the non-organic forms have a lot of pesticides sprayed on them. However, whether potatoes are organic or nonorganic they're still very high on the glycemic load scale. Plus, nonorganic sweet potatoes are superior to potatoes nutrition-wise, and they have far less amount of pesticide residues compared to nonorganic regular potatoes.

5) 100% true. I would never eat farmed salmon. I could go on and on why that is so, but I just don't have the time to. Wild salmon, however, is something that I would eat every single day.

6) Actually, I've heard that artificial hormones are the same as the hormones found naturally in cows, but I'm not sure how true is that, and I'd rather avoid milk with artificial hormones just to be safe.

7) Organic apples are a must because unfortunately, nonorganic apples have the highest amount of pesticide residues out of all fruits.
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:41 PM   #35
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Guess the grass fed beef fans don't enjoy very much USDA Prime.
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3) Microwave is usually bad news
Not sure what you mean by this. Microwaves are a very safe and healthy way to cook.
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Guess the grass fed beef fans don't enjoy very much USDA Prime.
I'd say it's just a matter of priorities.
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2) Diacetyl (actually concentrated fumes from diacetyl when heated) which is in the butter flavoring. I have asthma and sometimes it throws me into an attack if it's not being microwaved in a well ventilated area.
I thought microwave popcorn was being made these days without diacetyl.
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Microwaves are a very safe and healthy way to cook.
I beg to differ. Microwaves are widely accepted to be very safe, but honestly, they have been around for only a few decades, which means that, along with the typical American diet and GMO's, it's just something that I'm just not a big fan of. Emitting waves might change the structure of chemicals inside foods, transforming nutrients or other innocuous compounds into something potentially carcinogenic. It may sound far-fetched, but I'm sorry, this is my angle with regards to nutrition.

I have a microwave at home, but I only use that to sterilize cloths and sponges.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:17 AM   #40
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Just playing devils advocate here, but if you are so worried that the microwave is potentially changing the chemical structure of compounds into cancer causing agents then why do you feel safe using it on your sponges which will then be used on things you eat off of? Couldn't the structure of things in the sponge be changed the same way and then transferred to the plate you eat off of or the fork you put in your mouth?

Microwaves have been around long enough (over 60 years) to have had serious and reputable studies done to prove they are safe to use. Not only that, but they have been proven not only to be safe, but to be a healthier way to cook than some other well accepted methods.

You say that emitting waves might change the structure of the chemicals etc., but there has never been any reputable studies that show that.

If you are not comfortable using them then by all means don't. They have been proven to be absolutely safe though through years and years of scientific study and tests.
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