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Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer’s

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  • Diacetyl is an artificial butter flavoring added to microwave popcorn and other snack foods; many microwave popcorn factories have already stopped using the synthetic diacetyl because it’s been linked to lung damage in people who work in the factories
  • New research shows diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
  • Not only can diacetyl pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also cause brain proteins to misfold into the Alzheimer’s-linked form known as beta amyloid
  • Diacetyl also inhibits mechanisms that help to naturally clear the dangerous beta amyloid from your brain

By Dr. Mercola

If you like to snack on the occasional bag of microwave popcorn, it's probably the buttery flavoring that you crave.


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