Popcorn ingredient found to be linked with AlzheimersSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:46
Popcorn ingredient found to be linked with Alzheimers
Published August 08, 2012FoxNews.com
Movie popcorn has often been criticized for its high calorie count, but now the tasty treat may harm more than just your waistline.
A recent study has found that diacetyl, an ingredient in popcorn responsible for its buttery flavor and smell, may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, UPI.com reported.
The scientists said they focused on the substance, because it has already been associated with respiratory and other health issues in workers at microwave popcorn and food-flavoring factories. According to UPI.com, diacetyl is used in other products such as margarines, snacks and candies, baked goods and in some beers and chardonnay wine.
DIACETYL LINKED TO ALZHEIMER’S
August 3, 20120
MINNEAPOLIS—Past studies have shown that inhalation of diacetyl by workers in factories processing microwave popcorn can potentially lead to respiratory problems, with some developing bronchiolitis obliterans, resulting in recommendations for such workers to wear respiratory protection. Now new research from the University of Minnesota has found possible links between exposure to diacetyl and Alzheimer’s disease (“The Butter Flavorant, Diacetyl, Exacerbates β-Amyloid Cytotoxicity,” Aug. 2012, Chemical Research in Toxicology).