I'm back with another installment of Whole New Mom Answers Your Questions.
I so love hearing all of your thoughts and questions. I feel honestly inadequate to answer them sometimes, but I will for sure do my best.
And I hope that all of you super sharp readers will chime in with more information or questions as you like!
So—on with our first question !
GMO Corn & How to Cook Popcorn
Question from Laura:
Hey, so I have been reading through your site and looking into organic and non-GMO options for my little family, but now I am scared of corn! Also canola, soy.
I just signed up for a CSA, and found out our local farmer is growing bt corn. UGH! Luckily I can opt out of the corn. Just wondering if I will ever be able to enjoy a nice, fresh cob of corn again…
I read an article that states that popcorn, at least, is non-GMO for now (http://grist.org/article/
I also had another question for you – do you cook your popcorn in the raw coconut oil, or the refined non-coconut-smelling coconut oil? I know raw is so much better for you, but I wonder if my husband would go for the coconut smell on popcorn… 🙂
I just can't believe what is happening to our food supply.
- Surprisingly Good Popcorn Topping
- Herbes de Provence Popcorn Topping (warning—they are both addictive!)
and if you like sweet popcorn (who doesn't?), try Nut Buttery Popcorn.
UPDATE: I just found out that Tropical Traditions carries a new line of organic corn products. Their non GMO corn is special in that it is grown in an area far away from other GMO corn so that the wind will not carry GMO corn pollen to their corn which would then contaminate the non GMO variety.
You can see more here:
For your final question, about what do we cook our popcorn in…
I use the regular expeller pressed coconut oil.
If you are going to heat the oil the “rawness benefit” won't be there anymore. However, raw coconut oil has a better nutrition profile than expeller pressed, but still I choose to save money here and use the expeller pressed.
Currently I am using Tropical Traditions. Their prices are reasonable and they have very good quality. This particular oil is produced in an area that has no pesticides so you are basically getting organic without paying for it – always a nice thing :-).
If you are a first time buyer, you also get a great 85 page book with information about coconut oil and also super recipes. I'm kind of a recipe junkie so that really appeals to me. You can view their weekly sales by clicking on the link below.
A better choice than the coconut oil would be Palm Oil as it has a higher smoke point than coconut oil, but I haven't purchased any yet. It is available through Tropical Traditions as well. I heard that palm is the oil that was originally used in move theaters before they made the move to cheap processed oils. So I can't wait to try it!
So – I hope that all helps. You should be pretty well set with popcorn and corn information now!
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