Research shows that microwave popcorn can do harm – Women Tips
microwave popcorn is a quick fix, practical and tasty accompanying leisure hours or quenches sudden hunger. But it is important to be careful because the chemical compound used to make its delicious taste of butter was considered harmful to health.
The diacetyl, compound used in the production of popcorn microwave as chemical flavoring, drew attention because inhalation is the cause of a lung problem in hundreds of American workers popcorn factories, bronchiolitis obliterans.
Nicknamed "popcorn lung", bronchiolitis obliterans is a serious and irreversible disease that constricts the lung bronchioles, causing breathing difficulties. The great controversy arose because of questions about the extent to which feel the artificial butter flavor exhaled by microwave popcorn could be a danger to consumers also.
Despite minimal exposure consumers have the scent has not been proven to be dangerous, the American Wayne Watson was indemnified by R $ 14.5 million after claiming that developed bronchiolitis obliterans from inhaling artificial butter microwave popcorn.
The gain of this action in court has the substance to be thoroughly investigated by the American scientific community.
A study by the University of Minnesota (USA) indicated that diacetyl is able to overcome the "blood-brain barrier" which prevents toxic substances from entering the brain; It stimulates the accumulation of beta-amyloid proteins, which contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease; and prevents glyoxalase protein that protects nerve cells from reaching the brain.
However, it is important to note that the studies and all the controversy may have an exaggerated approach, since diacetyl is also present naturally in some foods such as butter, some dairy products, wine, beer and even fruit.
Some popcorn manufacturers have announced microwave abandoned diacetyl, this being replaced by a substance called 2,3-pentanedione, it is not considered totally secure.
Make healthy choices
As this controversy an exaggeration or not, only the remains be wary of excessive consumption of microwave popcorn and avoid staying in the kitchen while that fake butter scent in the air.
If possible, give preference to the traditional method of preparation, in the pan, because this way, rather than avoid problems with substances suspected, we can control the level of salt, fat and get only the benefits of popcorn, rich in antioxidants able to fight free radicals and help against premature aging and various cancers.