Skip to comments.Artificial Butter Flavoring Ingredient Linked to Key Alzheimer's Disease Process
Posted on 08/01/2012 10:19:21 PM PDT by Daffynition
ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2012) A new study raises concern about chronic exposure of workers in industry to a food flavoring ingredient used to produce the distinctive buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn, margarines, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products. It found evidence that the ingredient, diacetyl (DA), intensifies the damaging effects of an abnormal brain protein linked to Alzheimer's disease.
The study appears in ACS' journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
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From my warm, buttery, fingers!
Diacetyl??? Crap, that is in every bad batch of beer I have ever brewed. I am doomed.
I hear you there. I’m thinking they’re just saying that because people enjoy buttered popcorn, and that cannot happen. No one must enjoy ANYTHING they eat.
I just checked my regular butter substitute. (I prefer to use the real stuff when I can.)
Anyway, it’s ICBINB. I don’t see this ingredient listed. Is it a requirement, I wonder?
There are some butter flavorings that have diacetyl (DA) in them. It may be hard to find them by looking at ingredients because they list “artificial flavorings” rather than the specific artificial flavoring.
Bloomers is going to be all over this like white on rice. No more buttery flavor for you naughty New Yawkers. LOL!
To be fair, the study isn’t about butter, it’s about the flavouring agent used for that atrocious “golden topping” that renders movie-house popcorn inedible.
This PDF is from a study done by the Seattle Post Intelligencer in 2007:
(The Seattle P-I no longer has this file in its archives. Google found it on an Italian server.)
The moral of the story: don’t buy microwave popcorn with artificial butter flavor. Microwave your popcorn and top it with REAL butter!
Real butter also contains diacetyl.
Amen to that! Every time I get that crappy “buttered” popcorn at the movies I curse the day they took the real butter from us “for our own good”. I just KNOW there is something vile and way worse than butter in that golden horror they use to “flavor” movie popcorn. I knew there was something to worry about there, as you feel sick after eating it.
The base of the tenants of isSlime.
OK. How about organic butter then? Organic butter has no artificial colors or flavorings. There ya go!
bump Alzheimer’s and fake butter
I can’t see anymore!
Diacetyl is a naturally occurring ingredient, "a metabolic product of aroma producing lactic acid streptococci." One reason it has been isolated and used as an additive is that it provides at least part of the "butter taste" in real butter.
The question is, how much diacetyl is in different products, including real butter? I linked the results of a Seattle P-I test for diacetyl in various margarines and oils in post #10 above, but I would like to see a more modern, more extensive list that included real butter.
This is why I eat popcorn cooked in a pot with coconut popcorn oil.
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