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Microwave Popcorn – Will It Be The Same Without Trans Fats?

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Do you like microwave popcorn? Who doesn’t right? Do you think it would taste as good if it didn’t have those unhealthy trans fats? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on trans fats and if the ban goes into effect, many microwave popcorn makers may have to change their products.

According the the Popcorn Board, Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn a year. According to the FDA, popcorn also contains some very high amounts of trans fats. The FDA believes that the ban will help save 7,000 lives a year.

ConAgra, the company behind Redenbacher Popcorn took six years to perfect their microwave popcorn with reduced amounts of trans fats.
“We’ve mastered it, and I’m not going to tell you how we did it,” said Pamela Newell, a senior director of product development at ConAgra. It took “a lot of money,” she added.

The problem with eliminating trans fats from snack products such as microwave popcorn is that the trans fats are the source for most of the products flavor. Trans fats are also responsible for the texture and overall taste of the popcorn. Eliminating the trans fats could be taking away the flavor of the popcorn.

Most companies are still reviewing the FDA’s plan to ban trans fats and have not determined how the ban will effect their products and sales. Do you think microwave popcorn should be left how it is or are you willing to sacrifice flavor for a healthier version of the product?

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Microwave Popcorn – Will It Be The Same Without Trans Fats?


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  • david webb

    These large companies have always known that trans fats clog arteries and not cared because making money on there trans fat products is what they care about TILL now.The FDA is now giving them a time limit to drop trans fat oh how sad.

  • carmen

    The flavor is not gonna be the same. People can make their own decisions; we don’t need to be banned to eat what we want. So much for freedom.

    • Martin

      We have a bought congress. That means that they don’t care what we think. The lobbies win. Please figure a way to beat this.

  • pinksnapdragon

    All I can say is stock up.

  • Sabado Domingo

    I don’t even like microwave popcorn – tastes too artificial. I buy the kernels and pop it myself and has much better flavor.

  • Just Some Dude

    Why can’t this government (nanny- state Obama) figure out we’re grown & can make our own decisions? They can okay an over-the counter birth control pill for teens but don’t think adults can make their own health decisions?

    • Donald Altman

      Leave our popcorn alone! LOL :)

  • http://yahoo mark

    You know the government is out O U T of control.. Stay the hell out of our kitchens.

  • james

    I really don’t know to say. I always let my stomach tell me what my body wants. I always though it knew more about my cravings or what it needed than my brain did!

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