Could steam from microwave popcorn make you sick? - AmericaNowNews.com

Health

Could steam from microwave popcorn make you sick?

You tear open the bag and that delicious plume of steam fills the air.

But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, that steam contains nearly 4-dozen chemicals.

The source of the chemicals - the coating inside the bag. Microwave popcorn bags have an inner liner laced with chemicals. When heated, those chemicals break down into a substance called flourotelomers. The EPA has identified flourotelomers as a likely carcinogen.

If you eat microwave popcorn, a scientist who studies microwave popcorn fumes at George Washington University says you should let the bag cool before you open it. By then the vapors will condense and there won't be any steam to breathe in.

Copyright 2013 America Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Consumer

    How much of your donations really go to charity?

    How much of your donations really go to charity?

    In the aftermath of a disaster, donations are top of mind for many people and can do a world of good! But how do you know where your money is really going? America Now investigates!
    In the aftermath of a disaster, donations are top of mind for many people and can do a world of good! But America Now learned that some non-profit organizations receive only pennies on the dollar raised through solicitation campaigns. So how do you know where your money is really going?
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:22:58 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
Powered by WorldNow