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Butter Popcorn Chemical Linked To Alzheimer’s [Artificial butter - not real butter]
dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | August 10, 2012

Posted on 08/12/2012 10:52:33 AM PDT by grundle

EW YORK (CBS NEWS) - An ingredient used in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study in Chemical Research in Toxicology examined diacetyl (DA), an ingredient used to produce the buttery flavor and smell in microwave popcorn, margarine, candy, baked goods and even pet food. It is also created naturally in fermented drinks like beer, and gives some chardonnay wines its buttery taste, according to the study.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis conducted an analysis of DA, a chemical which previously has been linked to respiratory problems in employees at microwave popcorn and food-flavoring factories. They found that DA has a structure that’s similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins. Too much amyloid that clumps together to form plaques are a tell-tale marker of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. The researchers wanted to see whether DA would clump those proteins in a similar fashion to form plaques.

They found DA did lead to an increase in levels of beta-amyloid clumping, leading to toxic effects on nerve cells the scientists grew in a laboratory.


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I hate it when the headlines aren't accurate. The article is about artificial butter, not "butter."
1 posted on 08/12/2012 10:52:36 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

The real bad news isn’t that fake, movie-theater buttered popcorn taken in large quantities is bad for your health. I think most of us already guessed that.

The bad news is that this substance may be found in beer. Or maybe not?


2 posted on 08/12/2012 11:00:26 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: grundle

You don’t suppose that is the stuff in “butter substitutes”, like Butter Buds, I can’t believe it’s not butter, fake butter spreads, etc.

If so, lots of people are in big trouble.


3 posted on 08/12/2012 11:05:08 AM PDT by jacquej
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To: grundle

Our family has gone back to the “old-fashioned way” of making popcorn. I learned it from my mom! A bit of Crisco in the bottom of a big, long handled pot with a tight fitting lid, just enough popcorn to cover 1/2” and shake on the burner. The pot is warm enough to melt the butter afterward. Dumped in a paper bag with a bit of salt, it’s the only way to make it! :)


4 posted on 08/12/2012 11:05:56 AM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: grundle

Well, since the end of the seventies when the movies turned awful I stopped going.

I have had precious little buttered popcorn. I don’t drink beer, and I only use butter, real butter.

Common sense hath kept me healthy.


5 posted on 08/12/2012 11:07:43 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: grundle

They can pry my Pop Secret Movie Theater Buttered popcorn from my cold, dead hands (and I guess that’s what’ll happen, LOL!).


6 posted on 08/12/2012 11:12:14 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Kieri

That’s how my family did it when I was a kid. Now I like to use an air popper. I still have to put melted butter on it.


7 posted on 08/12/2012 11:13:22 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: grundle; Cicero; Kieri
What I've taken away from several articles I've read about this subject it that the substance affected employees who breathed it in. I don't know if ingesting it would cause the same problems.
8 posted on 08/12/2012 11:19:49 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: grundle
It is also created naturally in fermented drinks like beer, and gives some chardonnay wines its buttery taste, according to the study.

What is that chardonnay that's been described as being so buttery you could dip your lobster in it? Time to sell that stock!

9 posted on 08/12/2012 11:23:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Cicero

I read last week that it was also used in beer. Or was that the week before. I can’t remember.


10 posted on 08/12/2012 11:24:14 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: grundle
The headline could be accurate. Natural butter contains diacetyl, too.

Acute airway effects of diacetyl in mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19852554

Larsen ST, Alarie Y, Hammer M, Nielsen GD.

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National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark. stl@nrcwe.dk

Abstract

Occupational exposures to the butter flavouring agent diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) have caused lung inflammation and severe airflow limitation due to bronchiolitis obliterans.

Diacetyl is naturally present in butter, beer, white wine, etc., and its pleasant odour is easily recognized by consumers. However, this pleasant odour may induce a false sense of safety when higher airborne concentrations are encountered in industrial use. In this study, the acute warning properties, in terms of sensory irritation, that could be useful to prevent workers from exposures to a high concentration were first investigated in a mouse bioassay. Then at higher exposure concentrations, the possibility of airflow limitation and pulmonary irritation were studied with the same mouse bioassay. Diacetyl induces concentration-dependent irritation in all parts of the respiratory tract during a 2-h exposure period. The no-observed-effect levels for each effect in the mice were above 100 ppm and initiation of sensory irritation in humans was estimated to occur above 20 ppm. No acute warning signal from the airways is expected at diacetyl levels that have caused bronchiolitis obliterans and other toxic effects. The sensory irritation effect, which occurred rapidly upon initiation of exposure, faded rapidly. Furthermore, high-level diacetyl exposures decreased the sensory irritation warning signal in mice upon repeated exposure, which suggests that the compound is especially insidious.

11 posted on 08/12/2012 11:34:21 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Kieri

A couple of months ago we bought one of those Whirly Pop poppers. Boy, it is fast. Two minutes, tops. Cheap, too. Along with a supply of assorted "gourmet" popcorns, my wife and I have really been eating a lot of popcorn lately (real butter only!).

12 posted on 08/12/2012 11:36:48 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: grundle

I was gonna say something.....but I forget.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 11:37:52 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (R&R isn't just a railroad in Monopoly anymore!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
I still have to put melted butter on it.

Olive oil is really good on dry-popped. Add salt if you like.

14 posted on 08/12/2012 11:40:36 AM PDT by stboz
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To: Kieri

Our family reverted to old-fashioned popcorn about a year ago. A lot cheaper, and unquestionably better tasting. Only problem: The 13 year-old got sidetracked and the oil ignited one day, before she put the kernals in. Good thing I was home to help her deal with it.


15 posted on 08/12/2012 11:41:44 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Kieri

No, not the only way to make it. Goes a lot better if you dump into a clean dish pan. Tons and tons of it.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 11:58:44 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: grundle

No matter. Bloomberg will ban them all, just to be safe.


17 posted on 08/12/2012 12:05:17 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: grundle
These never-ending warnings are beginning to feel like 'assault and battery' MO's. Bloomberg should be on the case soon. . get ready, New Yorkers; Bloomberg's hand is about to reach behind the theater counter; and mess with your popcorn. . .

Meantime; in about five years; they will find that children who ate this 'oil' appear immune to skin cancer - or some such.

Personally; avoid the buttery. (Choice is good; no?) Love 'movie' popcorn; but when at home; pop my own (not microwave); and pop in coconut oil - banned from theaters; years ago - of course - per the wisdom of the food nazis. Yes; they took out the 'healthier alternative' and replaced it with some damning oil or combo; on behalf of the health of theater goers.

(Maybe; if they put the coconut oil back; it will offset the negatives of the faux butter; now served.) Might be an easy /win/win. . ./sarc off/almost. . .

18 posted on 08/12/2012 12:16:05 PM PDT by cricket (http://voteron2012.com/)
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To: Kieri

I use Alton Brown’s method, which is quite similar. Make it directly in a stainless steel mixing bowl with AL foil covering the top, with a few holes punched in it. Agitate it over a burner, stop when the popping is done. Salt and butter (if desired), eat right out of the bowl after it cools just a bit.


19 posted on 08/12/2012 12:23:50 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

LOL. . .


20 posted on 08/12/2012 12:36:07 PM PDT by cricket (http://voteron2012.com/)
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To: jacquej; grundle; Cicero

Diacetyl occurs naturally in REAL butter, too. That’s partly why it tastes ‘buttery’ and why they put it in fake butter.


21 posted on 08/12/2012 12:39:21 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: grundle
Butter Popcorn Chemical Linked To Alzheimer’s [Artificial butter - not real butter]

So if watching the flaming liberal propaganda coming out of Hollyweird doesn't turn you into a blithering idiot, eating popcorn while you do it will.

22 posted on 08/12/2012 12:56:48 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: Kieri

Crisco is all partially hydrogenated oil, so it’s not the old fashioned way. Try coconut oil. It is not hydrogenated and it is actually very healthy for you.


23 posted on 08/12/2012 12:57:32 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: grundle
Microwave popcorn also contains Teflon. I think it is used to line the bag interior.

But for less than $20, you can get a Presto hot air popper, then make regular popcorn fast and cheap with real butter.

24 posted on 08/12/2012 1:03:24 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: FreedomPoster
Interesting; want to try that one. . .never thought about placing - ever - a stainless steel bowl over a burner!

My favorite for popcorn; was using an old wok. Made the BEST popcorn - quickly - and in large amount; with little risk of burning any of it. Don't know if it was the shape - or material. Whatever- it was the best popcorn 'maker'/lol

One more point per popcorn preferences; WHITE kernals are the best and sweetest; IMHO. And yes; if butter added; then use the real thing! Authentic 'anything' better; than synthetic or mixed media oils; so to speak. . .

25 posted on 08/12/2012 1:06:44 PM PDT by cricket (http://voteron2012.com/)
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To: grundle

We ate articifical butter for awhile, then saw how it was Leftists pushing it’s use.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to realize that when a death cult is pushing something, stay way.

We’ve used real butter for decades.


26 posted on 08/12/2012 1:15:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: grundle

Oh, and don’t forget this: “Salt, we misjudged you”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2891182/posts?page=1

Following Leftists WILL kill you.


27 posted on 08/12/2012 1:20:53 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: James C. Bennett

Thanks for that link and article.


28 posted on 08/12/2012 1:21:24 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Balding_Eagle

Thanks for the link.


29 posted on 08/12/2012 1:24:38 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Balding_Eagle

When the sales clerk asks me at the theater if I want butter on my popcorn, I usually respond that yellow greasy stuff will do just fine.


30 posted on 08/12/2012 3:18:48 PM PDT by Dustoff45 (A good woman brings out the best in a good man! A better woman might be just what this nation needs)
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To: grundle

I use a hot air popper and warmed up olive oil. Am I safe?


31 posted on 08/12/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH ((Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.)
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To: Kieri

If you use Coconut oil instead of crisco, it will taste better and be better for you.

That’s what theaters used before the feds stepped in.


32 posted on 08/12/2012 5:49:33 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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