Microwave Popcorn in Bags

Discussion in 'Healthful Living / Natural Treatments' started by Ephchap, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Ephchap

    Ephchap Active Member

    Wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience with an allergic reaction to popcorn - the kind in microwave popcorn bags.

    A friend at work came in today and was telling us that her son was eating a new brand of microwave popcorn and immediately seemed to have a reaction. He's never had a problem with food allergies, although he does receive allergy injections for environmental things - dust, pollen, etc.

    They took him to the ER and are following up with pediatrician today and allergist on Thursday. The allergist suggested she bring in the bag/box with the ingredients on it, but said there might not be a way of knowing.

    Thanks for any help,
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    I pulled up the ingredient list for General Mills Pop Secret (I chose the first brand to come to mind, I imagine most are similar):
    There's is milk & soy in this brand; they are in to allergic top 8. Corn is also a known allergen for some. Then, you add coloring & preservatives, any of which may also cause a problem.
    We use my air popper, butter and maybe some salt. That's it.
  3. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I only use the Newman's Own microwave popcorn with butter or I pop it myself on the stove.

    A lot of the other brands have loads of stuff in them, so I can imagine there are plenty of allergens in them, especially with the flavorings/food coloring added.
  4. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Actually there has been a thing on the news about the danger of microwave popcorn. They are calling it "popcorn lung", since people are developing severe bronchial symptoms due to the chemicals used in microwave popcorn. I would steer clear of ALL micro popcorn.
  5. AllStressedOut

    AllStressedOut New Member

    WW, you just had to ruin a good thing for me, didn't ya? Microwaved popcorn and Blockbuster movie night...geeez!

    On a serious note, I know that some of the flavorings have food coloring in them. I'd be checkin out the label and comparing it to previous microwaved popcorn brands. Find out what is different and see if they can test for it at the allergist.
  6. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Maybe Jiffy Pop will make a comback now.
  7. Ephchap

    Ephchap Active Member

    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    She had actually heard about the danger of having too much microwave popcorn from the story in the paper. She mentioned it just last week, which is why she said her husband had picked up a lighter, more natural brand - at least, so he thought.

    The pediatrician doctor put him on steroids short term. The allergy doctor said to get it cleared out of his system - in about 2 weeks - and then they'll bring him in for testing. They need to get him feeling better first.

    I guess his eyes got red and puffy and he said he was having a hard time swallowing. Mom gave him Bendaryl and he seemed okay, so she put him to bed. He woke up an hour later, complaining that he couldn't swallow and was having a hard time breathing. That's when they headed straight to the ER.

    I had mentioned the microwave popcorn poppers when she first mentioned the story in the paper about the microwave popcorn bags. I rarely buy the bags anymore. We all love it popped in that microwave popper, because it's cooked with no oils, preservatives, etc. You can always add butter or salt if you want, but at least you know what you're putting in there.

    She said the poor kid - his two favorite foods in the whole world are pizza and popcorn. Who'd have thought popcorn would send him to the ER?

    Again, thanks for your help. I'll keep you posted after he goes to the allergy doctor to let you know what they think in case it helps someone else's child on here.

  8. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    Another possibility is that it wasn't an actual popcorn ingredient at all but something that it was exposed to in the packaging (such as peanuts). We have a relative that owns a small seed company and on the side they do package popcorn, nuts, grass seed, etc.
  9. SnowAngel

    SnowAngel New Member

    I didn't know a thing about the micro popcorn. It is so convienant too. What a shame. Guess we gotta do it the old fashioned way now, break out the 70's popper.

    My aunt pops her own popcorn and then adds other ingredients. There are even popcorn recipe books. Guess we will be experimenting. Thanks for the FYI.
  10. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    We make popcorn in a brown paper lunch sack in the microwave. Put some popcorn in the bag, fold it over a couple of times and staple it, with the staples vertical, spaced far apart. Somehow, the microwave doesn't detect them if they are far enough apart. Pop just like regular microwave popcorn. This is my favorite way to make popcorn, because there is no pan to clean. And it seems healthier than the regular microwave popcorn.
  11. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'd heard about this, but not the milk/peanut issue ... it was that the chemicals in the butter heated up and combined with-the chemicals in the liner of the bag and were very carcinogenic. We have transferred it to a paper lunch bag for nearly a yr now.
  12. robertwilner

    robertwilner New Member

    Maybe my response is too late. My 15 old girl is allergic to microwave popcorn, but has no problem with regular popcorn. When she smells microwave popcorn she feels like vomiting and other times she gets migraine headaches. Smelling alcohol helps, so she always has small packs of alcohol pads in her bag.

    It sounds crazy, but we no longer keep microwave popcorn in our home. Her doctor said it might be due to a chemical used to flavor the microwave popcorn, but since it has not impacted a great number of people, they aren't making it a big deal.