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Artificial butter vs. "the real thing". (The Nutrition Detective).

Artificial butter flavoring appears to be causing a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans in workers in a popcorn plant in Missouri who have been inhaling its fumes. Health officials believe the chemical used in the artificial flavoring is responsible for this lung ailment. Because the exposure to these fumes is much greater than you can ever have when you make microwaved popcorn with artificial stuff in it, health officials are saying it's safe to eat. At the same time, laboratory animals that ate large quantities of artificial butter flavoring died of lung cancer.

This is an easy problem to solve. Buy a product like Pop's Corn (Newman's Own Organics), which uses only natural butter flavor And when you go to the movies, pass on the artificial butter It leaves a thin unpleasant film on the roof of your mouth, anyway. If you're going for taste or health benefits, a little bit of real butter is better for you than any artificial product.

Klotter, Julie. "Artificial butter flavoring risk," Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, February/March 2002.
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Publication:Women's Health Letter
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Date:May 1, 2002
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