Doctor's Note

For more on diacetyl's link to bronchiolitis:
Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn or Breathing

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For more context, see my associated blog post: Soy milk: shake it up! and Avoid Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • lonestarnot

    Are “Butter Buds” and similar sprinkles also harmful?

    •  It contains butter and salt — both of which aren’t healthful; but, you decide

  • fangobble

    What is your opinion of the soy video “Cinderella’s Dark Side”?

    • Karen A

      I’d say anything promoted by the Weston A Price people is immediately suspect. They have a history of wild and unsubstantiated claims about soya, and tout their own products. 

      Dr Price was a dentist who seems to have been very interested in diet for health, without social science skills or training in nutrition, who saw Native Americans, newly arrived on reservations, using loads of lard and butter in their cooking. Because they looked healthy, he assumed that lard and butter were health foods. He didn’t realise that they looked healthy because they’d only recently had their diets radically changed by being shunted onto reservations where government hand-outs of buckets of lard and butter (made available by dint of the financial and political influence of the burgeoning US livestock industry whose members were able to grow their farms on the land being cleared of Native inhabitants) were used to keep people alive while traumatised by being packed into reservations on land they were unfamiliar with and having their traditions cracked down on. You don’t move hundreds of thousands of people to a new place and expect them to just pick up a whole way of life overnight. You have to feed them something, or you’ve a mass death and a PR fiasco on your hands.

      So Price saw Native peoples carrying buckets of lard and butter, and instead of asking them what place these ingredients had in their varying traditions, he just put 2 and 2 together and made 22. He may have had the best of intentions. His legacy, though, has not been so great.

  • Sara

    I’m looking to find out how to cure VITILIGO naturally

  • Paul

    Is popcorn popped in coconut oil a relatively healthy snack? I am following the Hippocrates living/raw food regime pretty closely and it is eradicating my chronic leukemia, but I struggle with my life-long sugar addiction. Having un-buttered, coconut oil cooked popcorn around seems to quench the sweet cravings. But am I doing more harm than good?

    • sf_jeff

      Maybe pop it in canola oil instead? Also, I like iodized 50% sodium, 50% potassium salt. And also mix with healthier snacks like raw carrots, apples, etc.