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Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:09 PM

 

Hold the Butter: Artificial Flavoring on Popcorn Linked to Alzheimerís†Disease

Though Iím a pretty healthy eater most of the time, one of my few junk food weaknesses is movie theater popcorn -- and the more butter, the better. That oily, artificially flavored buttery topping is what makes the snack worthwhile! Itís also what makes it terrible, apparently. Long suspected as a cause of lung damage, researchers are now linking butter flavoring to Alzheimerís disease.

The key culprit is a substance called diacetyl, which adds a buttery taste to foods without using any actual butter. Itís found in everything from microwave popcorn and the buttery topping used at movie theaters to snack foods, pet foods, margarines and baked goods. You would probably never know it from looking at ingredient lists, however:†Most manufacturers will only list ďartificial butter flavoringĒ without noting the specific compounds that make up that flavoring.

In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that diacetyl can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause a brain protein called beta-amyloid to clump. This clumping of beta-amyloid is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimerís disease. Diacetyl can also inhibit the brainís ability to clear beta amyloid as well as stop a protective protein called glyoxalase I from working.

Whether toxic levels of diacetyl are achieved in various body compartments upon mere (over) consumption of diacetyl-containing food substances is an unanswered but an important question,Ē said lead researcher Robert Vince.

http://blog.aarp.org/2012/08/09/hold-the-butter-artificial-flavoring-on-popcorn-linked-to-alzheimers-disease/

http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20120808/popcorn-butter-flavorant-linked-to-alzheimers

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Reply Hold the Butter: Artificial Flavoring on Popcorn Linked to Alzheimerís†Disease (Original post)
dkf Aug 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Aug 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #2
gblady Aug 2012 #3
dkf Aug 2012 #5
Aerows Aug 2012 #12
klook Aug 2012 #14
hollysmom Aug 2012 #4
ChairmanAgnostic Aug 2012 #7
HockeyMom Aug 2012 #8
Trillo Aug 2012 #15
HockeyMom Aug 2012 #16
Trillo Aug 2012 #20
HockeyMom Aug 2012 #22
Trillo Aug 2012 #23
redroof Aug 2012 #6
loudsue Aug 2012 #9
laundry_queen Aug 2012 #10
B2G Aug 2012 #11
eShirl Aug 2012 #13
Agony Aug 2012 #17
Auggie Aug 2012 #18
markpkessinger Aug 2012 #19
hobbit709 Aug 2012 #21

Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:14 PM

1. Damn. No more microwave popcorn for me.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:18 PM

2. Damn..we just bought 2 big boxes =40 pkgs.

I don't eat it often, Mr. Dixie likes it.
It is not "movie theater" but it is off brand microwave popcorn.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:20 PM

3. I do it an easy way.....

take 3 tablespoons of popcorn, place in brown paper lunch bag, and microwave for about 2 minutes.

then I drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, a tad bit of garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and parmesean cheese....heavenly!

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Response to gblady (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:24 PM

5. That sounds yummy.

 

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Response to gblady (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 03:08 PM

12. Parmesan cheese on popcorn

 

is wonderful

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Response to gblady (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 09:22 PM

14. Great tip - thanks (n/t)

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:22 PM

4. get a hot air popper

cheaper, doesn't take up that much room, you can use real butter and still won't be as fattening. You can find them for 10 dollars.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:28 PM

7. just get the NON-butter flavored, and add your own butter.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:30 PM

8. Real butter, and real sugar, in moderation

much better than artifical anything.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:02 AM

15. Unless you have protein allergy to dairy.

RE: Butter

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Response to Trillo (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:18 AM

16. My daughter buys Goat's Dairy Products

It is not cheap but you can buy butter and cheeses besides milk.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #16)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:49 PM

20. A common misconception. Goats milk protein is much the same as cow's milk protein.

Another very common error is confusing carbohydrate intolerance with protein allergy. Cultured dairy products often reduce carbohydrate intolerances, as the lactobacilli and enzymatic action digests carbohydrates. But cultured dairy doesn't seem to help with milk allergies. All that can be done is to avoid products with milk, including cheeses and butter (dairy).

Even margarines often contain whey, and for someone with a milk allergy, whey should be avoided. "Parve" margarines do not contain whey. I don't know if they contain diacetyl.

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Response to Trillo (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 02:23 PM

22. It works for her, and did,

when she was a baby and I couldn't nurse her. It was LaLeche League, and her doctor, who told me to try the goat's milk when she was a baby. At least when she uses these products she doesn't get pains in her stomach and spend half her life on the John.

Whatever works for that individual.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #22)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

23. OT. The statistics I've seen are that about 2% of the population has milk allergy

whereas lactose intolerance ranges from 20-90% of the population, depending on geographical ancestry. If I recall correctly, about 75% of people worldwide are lactose intolerant. People of northern European descent are the 20% figure. Lactose is a carbohydrate.

To me, this explains some to a lot of the popularity of culturing dairy products with microbes before human consumption. Yogurt. Kefir. Probably even cheese. They help with issues surrounding lactose intolerance, the microbes eat some to all of it before the human consumes it.

Unfortunately, such products do not seem to help with milk allergy.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:25 PM

6. Bummer! I eat a ton of that stuff!

 

Next thing you know.... wait... what were we talking about?

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 02:59 PM

9. And why doesn't the government OUTLAW this stuff? Pot is illegal, but poison is ok?

This country is so messed up.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 03:04 PM

10. That's what happens when corporations rule. nt

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 03:06 PM

11. Margarine is the devil

I won't touch the stuff.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 04:54 PM

13. ironically, the coconut oil in the butter flavored topping

is all the rage for giving to Alzheimer's patients
we retalking several tablespoons a day

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:27 AM

17. diacetyl is naturally in some beer and wine... it is a product of fermentation

Cheers!

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM

18. Artificial butter flavoring is disgusting ...

Cook, folks -- it isn't that hard.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:31 AM

19. Some brands of microwave popcorn do not use diacetyl

Act II, the brand I buy, ceased using diacetyl in its products several years ago, as did several other brands. Here's an article from 2007 when it was announced:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20605135/ns/health-health_care/t/major-popcorn-makers-drop-toxic-chemical/

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:56 PM

21. I don't go to the movies any more.

Make my own popcorn at home and use REAL butter.

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