We’ve heard of blue corn, an heirloom variety cultivated by the Hopi tribe of the southwest, but the blue popcorn pictured here is not popped from those kernels. Instead, some marketing genius thought it would be cool to color popcorn blue with artificial colorings. The kids will love it, won’t they?
Here is the ingredient list:
Whole Grain Popcorn, Palm Oil with TBHQ (to help protect flavor), Salt, Natural & Artificial Butter Flavor, Blue 1 Lake, Potassium Chloride. Contains Milk, Soy
We get the corn, and we get the oil. That’s what you need to pop corn. All the rest – useless and unhealthy:
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone) is an antioxidant used to keep oils from going rancid. It is a petroleum derivative. Yummy.
The food industry pushed the FDA for years to get it approved as a preservative despite the fact that ingestion of large doses (a thirtieth of an ounce) can cause nausea, delirium, and ringing of the ears.
Natural & Artificial Butter flavor – some secret family recipe? Naw, just a laboratory concoction to make you think it’s butter popcorn when in fact much cheaper ingredients have been thrown in.
Blue 1 Lake – an artificial dye, controversial in its health effects. Pick your favorite: cancer, neural issues, allergic reaction.
Potassium Chloride – increases the saltiness without the sodium.
So, do you want your kids ingesting all this? If you answered no, stick with popcorn that has just 3 ingredients: corn, oil, salt.