Another bit of bad news for all you junk food fans. You know that delicious buttery taste that makes popcorn taste so good? Turns out it may put you at risk for Alzheimer's disease. UPI reports:
Diacetyl, a flavoring used to produce the buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn and other food, may be linked to Alzheimer's, U.S. researchers say...Vince's team said it realized that diacetyl has an architecture similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins clump together in the brain — this clumping is the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Other laboratory experiments also showed diacetyl easily penetrated the "blood-brain barrier," which keeps many harmful substances from entering the brain, Vince said. "In light of the chronic exposure of industry workers to diacetyl, this study raises the troubling possibility of long-term neurological toxicity mediated by diacetyl," the researchers said in a statement.
And if you think skipping out on the popcorn will keep you safe, you might want to know that diacetyl is also found in "margarines, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products such as beer or some chardonnay wine." At this rate, we wouldn't be surprised if everyone ended up with Alzheimer's. At least they don't have to constantly keep tabs on what they can or cannot eat.