In the early 2000s, several workers of a popcorn plant became ill with bronchiolitis obliterans – or “popcorn lung” – after they endured long-term exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used in flavorings to mimic the creamy taste of butter. Although many major popcorn manufacturers have since taken the chemical out of their microwave popcorn, people are still at risk for exposure. Diacetyl can be found in baking mixes, candy, alcohol, flavored yogurt, snack foods, cheese, and coffee. According to the FDA, diacetyl is safe when consumed in trace amounts. But when it is inhaled, the person is at risk for developing serious lung diseases ... Read More
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