Enjoy Popcorn — without all the POISON

Like many of you out there. My family and I don’t live in a forest or on a mountain. We live in the real world and are surrounded by lots of “non-human” things. You know, stuff like: chairs, electrically heated water, electrical anything, cars, shoes, and movies.

So if I were to ask you what food came to mind when I said “movie”, you would probably say popcorn, right?

And what’s the most convenient, cleanest way to get popcorn into your belly? Yes! The Microwave.

Let’s take a look at why microwaveable popcorn may not be the best thing for your human bodies:

  • Plastic — when you heat up the petrochemicals in plastic, other harmful chemicals are absorbed into your food. Many microwave popcorns have plastic liners. No good.
  • Synthetic Fats — manufacturers of non-human food LOVE these fats because they allow foods to sit on a shelf for generations without spoiling. Don’t believe any health claims on the package saying there aren’t any trans fats. Look at the LABEL. If you see any oils listed other than olive or coconut, it is most likely a vegetable or hydrogenated oil. Avoid those. They are literally poisonous.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms — or GMOs. Yes, the undisputed champion of non-human foods. And one of the big three GMOs? Corn. They’re not good people. Do I need science to back that up? No. There IS science to back that up — but why don’t we just leave it at “humans are not designed to eat foods that have been altered in a lab to ensure they are resistant to poison and yield as much crop per acre as possible.”
  • Flavorings — many of today’s processed foods taste and smell great because of synthetic flavors and scents that are forced upon them. Real, human food tastes great and smells amazing on its own. You don’t need fake taste and smell. But they work. And one of the chemicals that smells like butter is called diacetyl and it’s been linked to lung disease. That’s just one. There are many others. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that chemical smells and flavors are non-human foods and will have a negative reaction in the body.
  • PFCs — or perfluorochemicals. This is another great invention that many fast food manufacturers use. And what do you know, it’s been linked to cancer and reproductive system damage. It’s also been linked to thyroid disease and ADHD. Once it’s in your system, it stays there for  LONG TIME.

So what do you do if you really like popcorn and want to have some popcorn while you watch a movie with your significant other or your kids…or by yourself?

When it’s movie night, we make the following recipe.

Yummy Buttery Popcorn


  • 1/2 cup organic popping kernels
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut or MCT oil


  1. heat up oil in a 3 quart pan on high heat
  2. put two kernels in the pan, make sure they get coated with oil, and put the lid on the pan
  3. when one of those kernels pops, dump in the corn
  4. gently rock the pan until all kernels are popped (make sure lid is on)
  5. take off heat when popping begins to slow (they pop really fast) and dump into a big bowl
  6. melt 2 tbsp butter in small sauce pan and pour over the popcorn
  7. top with sea salt

So there you go. This popcorn is absolutely incredible tasting. It smell amazing. Clean up is easy. Making it is easy. It only has four ingredients. And zero, count ‘em, ZERO of the aforementioned negative things normally found in microwave popcorn.

Try it out. And leave the synthetic, fake, poisonous foods for the rats.


    • JC says

      No. It’s a grain and definitely Not paleo. Too bad because I was looking for some alternatives for the movies. I found another site with dehydrated cauliflower, but the recipe takes a long time if you don’t have a food dehydrator.

  1. Jackie says

    “humans are not designed to eat foods that have been altered in a lab to ensure they are resistant to poison and yield as much crop per acre as possible.”

    This is an incredibly strong statement, and one which is not clearly a priori true, except perhaps at the most shallow tautological level. Seeing the science here would have been fantastic, especially since all it would take it a single hyperlinked word in the essay to reach out into the internet and show us the sources. Now it just looks like they couldn’t be bothered with the research, OR that they’re deliberately using sleight of hand to obscure things and try to get us not to think.

    Could we get some links/posts soon saying not only are these specific GMOs problematic, but (as the author is saying here) ALL GMOs are problematic by the very nature of their being and there is no way for them to made safe and healthy?

    • says

      I wouldn’t just make up a statement that I thought might be true. It’s debatable for sure, but I feel strongly about that statement and stand behind it. I have read many books and research studies on GMOs. I would try going on pubmed or checking out amazon for books on GMOs.

  2. Ellamaye says

    When I saw the headline for this post I was hoping you would have some innovative stand in for popcorn. My understanding is that corn is a big no-no, not paleo by any stretch, and extremely difficult to digest. Do you disagree with this or have any evidence to the contrary?

    • says

      If you eat popcorn and feel terrible, then I would avoid it. But every now and then, if you have this when watching a movie with your kids and don’t have GI distress, I think it’s OK.

  3. Niki says

    This is awesome!! Thank you so much for this post. I love to go to the movies and the stress of skipping popcorn is unreal. I will now make my own popcorn with this MUCH better and healthier option– although not “strict Paleo.” Sometimes life is about making better choices and you’ve really given an option to popcorn lovers. Thank you:)

  4. says

    Corn is definitely not an ideal food source to eat every single day. I was just saying that every once in a while this is a good alternative to microwave popcorn. If you and your kids are 100% paleo for 100% of your life, then you won’t need an alternative to popcorn…and you are amazing. Part of the Simply Human Lifestyle is “enjoying life” and sometimes that outweighs what you put in your mouth. Not all the time…every once in a while.

  5. says

    Like I said in the article, the only way to be truly 100% paleo is to move to the woods or mountains. Right now, I am sitting in a chair typing on a computer under artificial lights. I think we can get too caught up in the definition of the Paleo label instead of trying to become the healthiest version of ourselves within the context we have chosen to live in.

    • Jessica says

      I really appreciate your wanting to “enjoy life” and balance of paleolithic lifestyle. I admire those who can do pealo 100% of the time, but I wouldn’t mind this for my special random treat. Thanks!

  6. Rebecca says

    I started using organic popcorn kernels when I discovered how much my kids love popcorn and figured it would be an easy, cheap treat to have once a month or so, but I usually just put around 1/3 cup of the kernels in a brown paper bag and microwave it (transferring it to a bowl with all the goods after). Is there anything wrong with this? I have done popcorn on the stove as you have suggested here, but on an lazy night in with the fam I like to make things as simple as possible. I don’t love reheating my food in the microwave, so I usually opt for the stove or broiler, but is there much wrong with cooking popcorn in the microwave?

  7. Jenn says

    When we make bacon from grass fed pork, my husband saves the rendered bacon fat and uses 1-2 tbsp to 1/2 cup of organic popcorn kernals. It tastes super yummy!

  8. says

    trying to live a strict lifestyle can often drive you in the other direction–taking a “we can have this as a snack” attitude means you’ll actually stay off the stuff you really need to avoid instead of doing completely without and then going nuts and eating everything in sight–I have found this to be true for myself, if their is something I think I can’t or shouldn’t have I will obsess over it until I eat everything around and then eventually eat what I wanted in the first place. I think this is a healthier approach and one I been using for myself over the last year.

  9. nanjo says

    I just went to a farmers market today and they had someone selling buck an ear “popping corn” one corn cob in microwave in a brown paper bag for one minute max then discard cob….genius…kids were clamoring for it!! I have also just put some regular out of the can kernals in a brown lunch bag and folded it over and popped but the corn cob angle is great marketing.!

  10. Sarah says

    We use a product called “Whirlipop” that agitates the kernels while they pop. We also mix the salt in the oil for a more even coating. Skip the butter if you want. It tastes great without it.

  11. Courtney says

    I switched to a paleo life style and I feel great. However, I do miss salty snacks and really enjoy popcorn occasionally. This recipe is a great way to satisfy cravings. For me, if I try for perfection, things end badly.

  12. PH says

    I hate to break it to you, but there are different types of corn and the type of corn used for popcorn is *not* GMO. Only “field” corn is GMO. Field corn is the type of corn used in most processed foods. It’s also called No. 2 corn. The corn you buy on the cob, frozen, or canned is also NOT GMO.

    So eat popcorn knowing it’s NOT GMO. But you really should steer clear of microwave popcorn because it has not-so-great-stuff in the bag.

    • Andrea says

      PH – I’m sorry, but you have been somewhat misinformed. Monsanto has been growing GMO sweet corn since 2011. You are correct in that most of the sweet corn available for purchase is not GMO (only 2 out of 71 samples were found to be GMO), but the crop is approved and does appear in the produce aisle, in frozen and canned corn, and in processed foods. You can read more about it here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/sweetcorn/

      As for popcorn, it is not specifically GMO, but contamination is rampant. I only know this because Trader Joe’s had to pull its organic popcorn off the shelves after it was contaminated by GMO corn. Even though there are separate varieties of corn, the plants are rather, shall we say, promiscuous.

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