Dangers Of Fake Butter Flavoring For Microwave Popcorn
Diacetyl is a chemical added to fake butter to enhance a buttery flavor. This ingredient is found in most microwave popcorn products, as well as other artificial butter enhanced food products.
When heated, diacetyl gives off vapor fumes. The fumes are said to be hazardous if inhaled consistently for an overly extended period of time.
There have also been numerous reports of consumers and factory workers attracting this debilitating respiratory disease.
One instance is of a Denver, Colorado man by the name of Wayne Watson inhaling the aroma of his freshly popped popcorn 2 times a day for over 10 years. The outcome?...
He was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as "popcorn workers lung". He won $7.2 million in his law suit against Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation and the King Sooper's supermarket.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
states that diacetyl is safe to consume in it's chemical form. After all, it's a
natural occurring ingredient produced during the fermentation process in
alcohol, and also found in cultured milk and dairy products.
have been set forth to perform extensive studies and to provide safety
precautions for factory workers and consumers. Most companies like
ConAgra, Pop Weaver and Trail's End no longer use diacetyl in their
butter flavored microwave popcorn products. Diacetyl has also been
linked to Alzheimer's disease, but more extensive testing is required to
build upon the theory.