Popcorn Ingredient Tied to Lung Disease

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Popcorn Ingredient Tied to Lung Disease


Reuters
Posted: 2008-03-14 09:35:34
Filed Under: Health News
WASHINGTON (March 14) - A chemical used to give butter flavor to popcorn can damage the lungs and airways of mice, U.S. government experts reported on Thursday.
Tests on mice show that diacetyl, a component of artificial butter flavoring, can cause a condition known as lymphocytic bronchiolitis, said the team at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The condition can lead to obliterative bronchiolitis -- or "popcorn lung" -- a rare and debilitating disease seen in workers at microwave popcorn packaging plants and at least one consumer.

At least two microwave popcorn makers -- ConAgra Foods Inc and Weaver Popcorn Co Inc -- have said recently they would stop using diacetyl.

Laboratory mice made to inhale diacetyl vapors for three months developed lymphocytic bronchiolitis, the NIEHS team said.

"This is one of the first studies to evaluate the respiratory toxicity of diacetyl at levels relevant to human health," Daniel Morgan at NIEHS, whose team led the study, said in a statement.

Writing in the journal Toxicological Sciences, the researchers said findings suggest that workplace exposure to diacetyl contributes to the development of obliterative bronchiolitis.

The hard-to-treat condition causes vague symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath, and steadily worsens, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Congress has been working on a bill to order quick action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to limit exposure to diacetyl. The House of Representatives passed a bill last year but the Senate has not acted.

The Food and Drug Administration said last September it was investigating a report of a man who came down with the life-threatening disease after eating several bags of butter-flavored microwave popcorn each day.
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Pigdango

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I love the Garlic Butter Saw!
 

TheDrip

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"This is one of the first studies to evaluate the respiratory toxicity of diacetyl at levels relevant to human health,"
This speaks volumes to me. Considering most of these types of studies are done using mice who've been bred to have weakened immune systems and a very high sensitivity to cancer, etc., and are given doses of the product they're testing that a normal person would NEVER be exposed to.
 

Ego

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Like artificial sweeteners.
 

Vyce

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This speaks volumes to me. Considering most of these types of studies are done using mice who've been bred to have weakened immune systems and a very high sensitivity to cancer, etc., and are given doses of the product they're testing that a normal person would NEVER be exposed to.
From the very own article:

The Food and Drug Administration said last September it was investigating a report of a man who came down with the life-threatening disease after eating several bags of butter-flavored microwave popcorn each day.
How much fucking popcorn was this jackass eating?

Typical bullshit scare tactics by the media. They make it seem like you eat a bag of popcorn, you're going to get lung cancer. Maybe this chemical would fuck you up if you ate nothing but popcorn all day long like this shitdick.
 

Sinn Fein

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Not a big popcorn fan, but am of the opinion the only way to go is to pop it yourself with a popping machine and that way you control what's in it.
 

Hudson

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Not a big popcorn fan, but am of the opinion the only way to go is to pop it yourself with a popping machine and that way you control what's in it.
Well ideally..But you can pop corn in your Microwave with an ordinary brown lunch bag..but it has to be the good bag, not the el-cheapo rip easy brand.
 

Sinn Fein

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I always thought the hot air poppers worked great. When I was a kid we had a big electric thing that was like a big plug-in skillet. It had a plastic lid like a bowl and a metal butter container that went inside. You'd put a little oil in the bottom, a few scoops of kernels, and add butter to the butter container. The butter would melt as the popcorn popped. When it was done, you flipped it over so the popcorn would be in the plastic lid and the melted butter would pour out onto the popcorn. It worked pretty good.
 

Kris_LTRMa

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I'm fuckin starving now ... got any popcorn back there
 

mascan42

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So . . . are they saying it's dangerous to eat it or to inhale the vapors when it's heated up?
 
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