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Isn't That Teflon in Your Microwave Popcorn?

Not only does perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- the dangerous chemical used to make Teflon -- taint the paper plates you use to cook and eat meals, but the paper bags that contain the microwave popcorn you eat for a snack.

If this fact doesn't surprise you, but here's something that may: Those "innocent" bags of microwave popcorn could account for at least 20 percent of the PFOA found in the bloodstream of the average American.

Even worse, microwave popcorn bags contain the highest amount of fluorotelometers, substances that can leech into the popcorn oil in concentrations hundreds of times greater than the amount of PFOA sliding off your Teflon cookware and onto your food when it's heated above 175 degrees Celsius for the first time.

So, if you're looking for healthier snacks for your family to munch on during the holidays, you'll want to review Colleen Huber's awesome list of safe and tasty treats.

Environmental Science and Technology November 16, 2005

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