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The health risks associated with microwave popcorn

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 10:58:01 Europe/London

The health risks associated with microwave popcorn

Popcorn, one of the most widely loved snacks the world over. From salted and sweet to some more fabulous flavours that we just happen to boast here at Empire, the choice seems endless but that’s maybe why it’s loved so much. Unfortunately not everyone looks for the best quality when it comes to popcorn, instead opting for microwave popcorn but you might have heard recently that microwave popcorn is proving to be quite unsafe. After recent studies, shocking evidence has come to light that highlights not only the dangers that could affect us on the outside but some rather startling evidence to suggest our health could be at risk massively. The most common discovery is the link between cancer and microwave popcorn.

Whilst there may be no hard evidence behind the rumour that suggests popcorn contains chemicals proven to cause lung cancer, there is a chemical used within the bags themselves that’s not exactly friendly. This non stick coating that’s painted on the inside of the popcorn bags decomposes when it’s placed under heat and begins to produce a compound named Perfluorooctanoic acid or C8 for short. It’s been associated with increased risks of certain cancers (including liver and prostate cancer) so much so that environmental agencies now class it as an official carcinogen. The most frightening thing of all is the fact that this isn’t that recent a discovery. Way back in 1993 an article in the Journal of Occupational Medicine reported that factory workers exposed to it had increased cancer mortality.

Whilst it might not be a cancer, the link between microwave popcorn and lung disease is just as worrying. A chemical called diacetyl is used within the flavouring of microwave popcorn to give it the butter flavour we all know and love. Sadly, as much as it creates a nice enough buttery taste, it also gives rise to bronchiolitis obliterans or as it’s known amongst the factory workers ‘popcorn workers lung’. A study carried out in 2007 reported the lung condition resulted from scarring of small airways in response to the chemical irritant diacetyl. Whether it poses as big a risk to ordinary consumers remains to be seen however there was a case where a total of $7.2 million was awarded to a man who claimed his love of microwave popcorn led him to develop popcorn lung. Although this is merely one of only a handful of cases throughout the world, you still need to ask yourself is it worth the risk?

Aside from the horrendously dangerous chemicals that are added to microwave popcorn, we also have the huge amount of fat, salt and other preservatives to contend with. An average bag of butter flavoured microwave popcorn can contain anywhere around 24grams of fat, roughly 600 milligrams of salt and a whopping 600 plus calories. Although it might beat a large box of popcorn that you’d normally eat at the cinema that can contain around 60 grams of fat, it’s still a far cry from the healthy snack we’re told it is.

In addition to the ingredients it contains that have been proven to be less than beneficial, there are two other aspects of microwave popcorn that consumers have to contend with before getting their hands on it. These include burns and tooth damage. The process of microwaving the bags of popcorn causes a lot of steam to accumulate in the bag. This has actually been known to cause severe burns not just to the hands but to the face too. When a freshly microwaved bag of popcorn is open, the steam bursts out and it’s at this point where it becomes dangerous. Unless you angle the bag away you risk causing damage to your corneas like the many other cases there have been in the United States. There have also been a number of cases where people have had their hands burned when trying to open the bags. Without warnings on the bags, this becomes quite a risk with a potential for serious injury.

Tooth damage is another major problem amongst lovers of microwave popcorn, as most bags will unfortunately have a few unpopped kernels. Those hard pieces can chip, crack and even completely break teeth as well as vulnerable fillings. They’ve also been known to become stuck between teeth causing gum irritation too.

In spite of these rather horrific findings when it comes to microwave popcorn, it needn’t mean you can no longer enjoy your favourite snack and it needn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as a healthy snack either. A single serving of popcorn has twice the polyphenols of most fruit and vegetables so we’d say it’s imperative you still enjoy it. The key to enjoying healthy popcorn without the risks and perils is simply to avoid microwave popcorn and opt for our delicious gourmet treats instead. Here at Empire we supply a variety of different hand-made gourmet flavours of popcorn from sweet to savoury. We offer traditional flavours as well as a number of exotic and different ones for you to try. On top of this we also supply unpopped kernels if you want to pop your own from fresh, the choice is yours. We’re proud to use healthier rapeseed oil as well as only additive free fine sea salt in our popcorn and know that it’s this and our green friendly popping processes that make it not just healthy but delicious too. 

If you’d like to try some of our amazing hand-made popcorn that’s free of dangerous additives then contact us today. We’re happy to deliver UK wide straight to your door, ready for the perfect Christmas movie night indoors.

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Popcorn companies show the future for popcorn with gourmet flavours

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:38:22 Europe/London

Popcorn companies show the future for popcorn with gourmet flavours

If we asked you where the last place was that you enjoyed a nice big bucket of popcorn could you remember? Could you set the scene complete with every detail in your head? Maybe you were snuggled in the back row of the cinema with a loved one trying quietly to share the crunchy popcorn you’d just treated yourself to when you bought the film tickets. Better yet perhaps you were sat shifting in your seat, just waiting to jump up and scream the very moment your favourite team scored.

It could have even been the last time you visited your local leisure centre, it made a great treat for the kids and yourself after a big splash around in the pool. Now if we asked you what flavour it was, could you remember? This one’s probably the easy answer isn’t it because it seems no matter where you go now, you get either salted or sweet and that’s about it. Times are changing however and it’s popcorn companies like ourselves here at Empire that are lighting the way for a rather exciting future for popcorn. Sweet and salted aren’t all you’ll have to choose from anymore because we’re bringing gourmet flavours to the forefront. Be warned, once you’ve gone gourmet, you won’t be going back.

The USA first brought us gourmet flavours

Popcorn has been around for generations and generations but the idea of gourmet popcorn is a whole lot newer. It was the wonderful United States of America that first brought us gourmet flavours. These included new and wonderful additions such as Wasabi and Sweet Ginger, Peanut Satay and even Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup. The public lapped it up and if they weren’t going crazy for the wonderful flavours of strawberry cheesecake, they were doing all they could to get their hands on caramel or gingerbread popcorn.

As with everything we do in the UK however it was a case of getting our hands on it and making it even better and that’s exactly what we’ve done with Gourmet Popcorn, especially here at Empire. We grabbed it by the horns and really made a go of things and as a result gourmet flavoured popcorn has taken the UK by storm.

Here at Empire we have a range of Traditional and Savoury options and we guarantee that no matter what side your tastebuds lean toward, we’ll have a flavour that you’ll find irresistible. What’s more you don’t need to wait until you visit the cinema or your local leisure centre to enjoy them because now you can rather conveniently buy popcorn online and have it delivered straight to your door nearly anywhere in the UK. Here at Empire we pride ourselves on being one of the best gourmet popcorn companies around so give us a try, we guarantee you won’t find better tasting popcorn.


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Help from the best sweet popcorn supplier UK

Monday, 28 April 2014 11:50:58 Europe/London

Sweet popcorn supplier UK

At our Empire Popcorn UK offices, we’re getting more and more people asking for different ideas and different things to do with their popcorn. Because they’re a wholegrain, they begin life pretty healthy and while they remain with us they still keep towards the healthier side, perhaps why parents love us so much.

Even when it comes to some of our gourmet flavours, we only use the very best ingredients. However, for some, they like to keep trying new things. Having tried all of our flavours, maybe you still want to try something new so why not grab some of our regular sweet or sea salted popcorn and see just what other weird and wonderful flavours  you can come up with at home?

Popcorn is so customisable, so you really can add any flavours to make it taste exactly how you like it. How about peri peri popcorn? Using your favourite Portuguese spice you can simply add a little or a lot of the spicy flavour to the salted popcorn. Stir in and there you have it. Some even stir in bacon grease to make bacon popcorn, a huge favourite in the states.

Or for a more refined flavour, perhaps for when guests are coming over, why not customise our butter salt popcorn to make the unusual Garlic and Parmesan popcorn? Making your own garlic butter (just butter and crushed garlic in the microwave together) you can drizzle it over your popcorn and finish off with a sprinkling of parmesan and black pepper, your guests will go mad for it.

Though it doesn’t just stop there, because at Empire we truly believe that popcorn is a real family food and isn’t just for eating. When it comes to the children, popcorn can provide hours of fun. Using simple food dye you can dye the popcorn any colour your child desires and spend time making fun popcorn mosaics.

The best bit is at the end when you’re done making your mosaic, you can all eat it together. Better yet, why not try our pink strawberry flavoured popcorn and, using a needle and thread, make necklaces. A fun game for the girls of the family, and even better when they get to eat them with its delicious strawberry flavour.

We really do love our popcorn and consider ourselves to be the best SWEET Popcorn supplier UK based, so much so that we offer a great 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee, so what are you waiting for, take a look at our site and see the fab different things you can do with our tasty popcorn. Because when you buy from us here at Empire HQ, popcorn supplier UK, you really are buying the best for your family.

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Popcorn Supplies at the Ready

Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:26:21 Europe/London

Well it was hard to believe that popcorn was unavailable at the local cinema when we arrived. The best thing about the movies is getting those goodies and sitting munching while watching a good movie. Why I love eating popcorn in the theatre. So I vowed this would never happen again. I went online and searched for popcorn supplies and found Empire Popcorn. Ordered a whole load of popcorn in different flavours and it arrived 2 days later.

They say seeing is believing but tasting is the real proof by far when it comes to popcorn. I have never tasted popcorn as crunchy and tasty as Empire’s and I thought I best write this little story as a testimonial to the great standards they uphold. As a gourmet popcorn supplier they offer a good choice of popcorn and I’m more than happy with the delivery service too.

I would like to thank all the team at Empire Popcorn Supplies for making my cinema experience a much better one and look forward to seeing more flavours added in the near future.

Posted in Empire Popcorn News By Craig Devine

Eating popcorn 'disrupts advertising'

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:44:00 Europe/London

Skip those television adverts...

Eating popcorn 'disrupts advertising' according to a group of researchers.

A group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to advertising. Adverts manage to imprint brand names on our brains and this is due to the fact that our lips and the tongue automatically simulate the pronunciation of a new name when we first hear it. So each time we re-encounter the name, our mouth subconsciously practises its pronunciation. 

Eating popcorn disrupts advertising

However, according to the recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, this "inner speech" can be disturbed by chewing, rendering the repetition effect redundant.

A group of 96 people was invited to take part in the experiment which involved them attending a cinema to watch a movie preceded by a series of adverts. Half of the participants were given free cinema popcorn throughout the session while the other half only received a small sugar cube which immediately dissolved in their mouths.

A test at the end of the screening showed that the adverts had left no effect on those viewers who had chewed their way through popcorn throughout, while the other participants showed positive psychological responses to the products they had encountered in the ads.

"The mundane activity of eating popcorn made participants immune to the pervasive effects of advertising," said Sascha Topolinski, one of the researchers. The research continues...

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Bulk Popcorn Sales

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:28:57 Europe/London

The popcorn business is booming in India, with bulk popcorn sales & healthy margins.

Bulk PopcornIn NEW DELHI here is a business that's got some serious crackle and pop! India is all about bulk popcorn with double-digit growth rates and healthy margins.

Movie watchers are munching on popcorn in bulk. Popcorn has become a sizzling business in India growing 10% annually. A recent study of the bulk popcorn business produced enough evidence to support the claim that heating corn kernels is, well, a hot business.

PVR, India's leading multiplex chain with close to 400 screens in 90 locations, sells on average 18,000 popcorn tubs daily. Popcorn sales are growing very fast and 70% of multiplex revenues come from popcorn and soft drinks.

The popcorn industry has margins that the wildest movie script can't dream of. Wholesale popcorn and popcorn for corporate events is a huge business now as entrepreneurs are investing in bulk popcorn at home in the Uk and abroad.


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