Gee, I feel like I am always being such a kill joy! I briefly heard something about the flavor that is poured on popcorn at the movies last week on Fox. I simply haven’t had the time, but I finally did a little snooping, and I found out just what it is they mentioned on the news.
First and foremost, is there anyone out there that really thinks that the yellow, gooey stuff that they pour on popcorn at the movies is really butter? Well, since we all know it is not really butter, I guess we should get to the bottom of what it really is. Hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial flavoring and diacetyl – YUM! In the event that we do not realize yet how bad this is, diacetyl (DA) is a toxic chemical which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. Scientists at the University of Minnesota found that “DA is a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins.” Also important to note, popcorn lung, which I have discussed in previous blogs, related to microwave popcorn; has been linked to the butter flavoring – oh my goodness, I hate to keep calling it butter flavoring! Maybe this flavoring at the movies should have some kind of warning label at least allowing people to have the knowledge and information prior to ordering these chemicals on their popcorn.
Anyway, back to DA. We have already established that it is linked to Alzheimer’s and lung disease, but did you know that this pesky little chemical is also in:
- pet foods
- baked goods
Like I said, I hate to be a kill joy, but how about just eating popcorn without adding the gooey chemicals so kindly called butter flavoring? I know it is a bit cumbersome, but here is what I do. When I go to the movies, I simply bring my own snacks. I love to munch at the movies, but my munchies will surely not contain DA.