Is Artificial Butter Flavor Harmful?

Is Artificial Butter Flavor Harmful?
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The connection between diacetyl and the devastating lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans.

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What about the artificial flavor, diacetyl—the artificial butter flavor in microwave and movie theater popcorn? Harmful, harmless, or helpful? And the answer is: harmful.

There’s even a name for it: popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, because it can obliterate your airways. It’s given off as vapor when you nuke it. And you know, when workers have to wear gas masks to handle your food, it’s probably not a good idea to eat it.

Microwave popcorn manufacturers are now replacing the chemical with real butter. So now, instead of dying of lung disease, we can die of heart disease.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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What about the artificial flavor, diacetyl—the artificial butter flavor in microwave and movie theater popcorn? Harmful, harmless, or helpful? And the answer is: harmful.

There’s even a name for it: popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, because it can obliterate your airways. It’s given off as vapor when you nuke it. And you know, when workers have to wear gas masks to handle your food, it’s probably not a good idea to eat it.

Microwave popcorn manufacturers are now replacing the chemical with real butter. So now, instead of dying of lung disease, we can die of heart disease.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to @bastique via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

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

And check out my other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?)

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

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