Popcorn a classic snack has turned into a snack that really bites back. The once-beloved kernel of crunch has made its way into the toxic section. From GMO and pesticide corn to being cooked in seed oil, popcorn is an uphill battle. Luckily, there are a couple of healthy options left in the popcorn arena.
Here are 5 organic popcorns that have no seed oils.
- Amish Country Popcorn – Our Choice
- Black Jewell Gourmet Popcorn – Best Microwave Ready Popcorn
- 365 by Whole Foods Market
- LesserEvil Himalayan Pink Salt Popcorn – Best Pre-Popped/Bagged Popcorn
How do they taste?
Now I am not here to just lay out popcorn I have never tasted! Let me give you the lowdown, I hate when you get a “natural and healthy” product with no flavor. Let’s break it down.
Number one on the list is Organic Amish Country popcorn. These are 100% organic and non-GMO kernels that you pop yourself. Popping your own popcorn is undoubtedly the best, it just requires you have a standalone popcorn cooker. Make sure you use a popcorn cooker that is not plastic! If you don’t have a popcorn cooker, you can cook your popcorn inside of a pan, it just takes a while. Cooking the popcorn yourself comes with a number of benefits, here is why you should cook your own popcorn:
- Choose how much popcorn you want
- You avoid sticking a plastic POFA bag into the microwave
- Choose which oil you use
- Add as much salt as your heart desires
Outside of the benefits, the Amish Country Popcorn is delicious! I just enjoy salt on my popcorn and their Rainbox kernels are awesome. They sell over a dozen colors and styles of popcorn. I am no popcorn expert, so I got the rainbow bag and absolutely love it. The kernels are all sorts of colors and the popcorn is all sorts of shapes and sizes. The popcorn is always pops white or yellow. This stuff truly has a delicious flavor
Number 2 is a bagged popcorn, meaning you can throw it right into the microwave and have popcorn ready almost instantly. Black Jewell popcorn is not organic, but it is a delicious popcorn that comes from a quality farm and has zero seed oil. It also has the benefit of not having a plastic POFA lining inside of the bag. This popcorn has a delicious flavor and you can get it nice and salty.
Number 3 is another bagged popcorn. It is the Whole Foods popcorn. I have to say the Whole Foods popcorn is kind of bland, and always tasted dry. You also cannot get the salt to stick to it. Not my favorite, but hey it’s organic with no seed oil.
Number 4 is a pre-popped popcorn. If you like popcorn in a bag you can’t get much better than the Lesser Evil brand. They have tons of flavors that use real Ingredients you can understand and cook everything in coconut oil. Which is great, coconut oil is not a seed oil!
If I am cooking my own popcorn what oil should I use?
While we want to stick with avoiding seed oils at all costs, I will give you a great list of options you can use to cook your popcorn. If you’re in a bind, you can always use Olive Oil or Avocado Oil, it won’t be the end of the world. Here are a list of oils you can use best to worst
- Coconut Oil – Best No Seed Oil
- Beef Tallow – Unconventional and not vegan
- Ghee – Unconventional and not vegan (adds natural buttery taste)
- Palm Oil – Controversial oil, but red palm oil is said to be safe.
- Olive Oil – One of the better seed oils if you must use a seed oil
- Avocado Oil – One of the last seed oils I could recommend if you must use seed oil
Is there a healthier color of popcorn?
There is always a lot of debate around white corn and yellow corn. Is one healthier than the other? But if you go a little deeper, you will see there are all kinds of color of corn. Literally a rainbow of colors.
So is there a healthier color or option of popcorn?
Nope! If it’s organic and not cooked in seed oil, that’s about as good as you can get with popcorn.
Why you should avoid popcorn with seed Oils
Hundreds of studies have come out pointing to all of the problems seed oil is causing. Seed oil is making its way into every corner and crevice of our diets. It’s more imperative than ever that we start removing seed oils when we can. It takes a lot of work, but making small choices through your snacks is one of the quickest ways we can begin to remove seed oils from our diet.
It doesn’t have to be that you stop enjoying what you eat. There is always an alternative, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Sometimes it’s even cheaper, it just takes the extra step or ordering it online so you can make the healthier choice in the long run.