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Fake Popcorn Flavoring is Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

- Monday, August 13, 2012

For all of you movie buffs…an artificial ingredient that gives popcorn a buttery flavor has been linked to a key Alzheimer’s brain process.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota tested the effect of the ingredient diacetyl (DA) in a lab at exposure levels common in food factories.

They found DA increased the level of amyloid clumping - a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

It also easily penetrated the 'blood-brain- barrier', which keeps many harmful substances from entering the brain.

The team, led by Robert Vince, said considering how exposed industry workers were to DA 'this study raises the troubling possibility of long-term neurological toxicity.'

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