Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What Else Is In My Popcorn?

I have received a ton of questions concerning diacetyl in microwave popcorn today. This prompted me to look at the label of the Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter flavor package I have on my desk. Besides hiding who knows what under the listing of 'Natural and Artificial flavors' on the label, there is more bad news. First off, what the heck does this mean, CONTAINS:MILK, but on the ingredients listing no where does it say milk? Second, they add color to it, why, I remember popping corn with the hot air machine and the color was just fine. What is this color? Is it quinolone yellow or sunset yellow, the two colors from the post below which cause all sorts of problems? Third, and last, but not least, is the presence of TBHQ an additive to preserve freshness, TBHQ has it own problems, it causes renal and bladder cancer, precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA.

From Wikipedia
In high doses, it has some negative health effects on lab animals, such as precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA.[1] A number of studies have shown that prolonged exposure to TBHQ may induce carcinogenity.[

From Diet Studies
" 3-tert-Butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and tert-butyl-hydroquinone (TBHQ) are antioxidants known to promote renal and bladder carcinogenesis [cancer] in the rat, although the mechanisms of these effects are unclear....Because some chemicals may induce carcinogenesis by a mechanism involving cytotoxicity followed by sustained regenerative hyperplasia, our results suggest that the toxicity of GSH conjugates of TBHQ to kidney and bladder may contribute to the promoting effect of 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and TBHQ in these tissues. "

I will never eat this crap again, I wonder if I can return the unused popcorn I have.

1 comment:

Kristie said...

TBHQ is toxic to the kidneys. I had a lot of Hershey's small wrapped chocolates last night and had terrible kidney pain all night. TBHQ is in them. Never again. Just for your info- I woke up and did the Cortices balance from BodyTalk and it took away the pain right away. Check this out online. They offer 1 day trainings to learn the 5 basic balances (ACCESS). I got trained in Touch for Health and this is MUCH easier and very effective. I use it on the autistic children I work with too.