Here’s Scientific Proof that Microwave Popcorn May Actually Blow up Your Brain

If you needed another reason (besides the heat) to watch movies in theatres instead of at home, here it is: a recent study by scientists at the University of Minnesota suggests that the artificial butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn may also cause Alzheimer’s disease.

The flavorant in question, called “diacetyl,” is responsible for the buttery smell and texture in several foods including margarine, pet food and some wine, and has been previously shown to cause lung damage. As detailed by CBS, the U of M study discovered “that [diacetyl] has a structure that’s similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins,” which are a key component of the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.

As of yet, the results have not been duplicated in living subjects, only test tubes, but experiments have shown that even in low concentrations, diacetyl can cross the blood-brain barrier, meant to prevent toxins from entering the brain, and can also inhibit the brain’s natural ability to clear away beta-amyloid.

Granted, science has still yet to pinpoint the exact cause of the terrible disease, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Besides, doesn’t real butter taste better anyway?

Read the abstract for yourself here.

[Via CBS, Web MD]

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

2 replies on “Here’s Scientific Proof that Microwave Popcorn May Actually Blow up Your Brain”

Yet another study that links microwave popcorn to serious health issues! This is why we started Quinn Popcorn. We took all the chemicals out, created a compostable paper bag, and all the ingredients are non-GMO. Oh, and of course we don’t add diacetyl!

…I don’t know where you’re watching movies, but speaking as someone who actually has popped movie theater popcorn, let me assure you, REAL butter isn’t used. It’s a “buttery-flavored topping” used at most theaters, because it’s a single-step to dump it in the warmer for dispensing, unlike real butter, where the butter is melted so the oils are poured off the top of the milky base. That milky base makes popcorn soggy, and less desirable.

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