Does Microwave popcorn causes lung disease or not? Find out yourself
Popcorn is the national food of many countries. It is loved by children and grownups alike and is available in many flavors in every movie theatre all over the world.
It became so famous, that companies have even put popcorn in people’s homes and they can be made in few seconds by putting them in microwave. They pop and are ready to be eaten in just couple of seconds. They are drowned in butter flavoring and other kinds of flavorings as well.
But this popcorn can be dangerous as a new research has found a shocking connection between Microwave popcorn and a very fatal disease.
1 Microwave popcorn
We get ready to make popcorn bags which are microwavable. Pop a bag of corn in the microwave and in 30 seconds to one minute, you will have hot and tasty corn for your movie night or late night binges.
These popcorns are usually dried corn, but some have cooking oil and saturated fats mixed with them in the bag, along with some natural or artificial flavoring.
2 Scientific study on whether it is harmful or not?
Recently a study was published in the journal by the name of ‘Environmental Health Perspectives.’ The researchers performing the study found that 75% of e-cigarettes had a chemical known as diacetyl in them that could cause severe respiratory diseases.
The same chemical is found in microwavable popcorns as well, as it adds to the flavor of the popcorn. The disease caused by this chemical is known as popcorn lung disease. It got it name after the factory workers at a plant of microwavable popcorn developed the disease.
3 The harmful substance
The chemical diacetyl is found in alcoholic beverages and in food substances to give a natural tasting flavor of butter in them. It is widely used in popcorn, to give it the buttery taste.
It is also used widely in margarine, artificial butter tasting edible goods. Diacetyl is linked with a disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, most commonly known as popcorn lung disease. Long term usage of this chemical can cause severe inflammation and scarring to form in the airways of lungs. This leads to patients developing severe cough and shortness of breath.
Though it has been proven that eating butter flavored popcorn that is microwaved will probably not cause the said lung disease, but direct inhalation of diacetyl vapors is the reason for development of the lung disease.
4 A lawsuit against a Popcorn Manufacturer!
Denver native Wayne Watson was awarded $7.2 million in settlement in a case where he sued a microwave popcorn manufacturer and 2 grocery chains from where he used to buy the popcorn which caused him to develop the lung disease.
He argued that neither the manufacturer nor the 2 grocery chains put any warning labels on the popcorn bags, that inhaling the vapors of freshly made popcorn can cause one to develop bronchiolitis obliterans or popcorn lung disease.
He ate two bags of popcorn a day and regularly inhaled the vapors of microwaved popcorn for 10 years. This made him a devoted consumer of the popcorn, but this devotion made him a sufferer of this disease. A Lung specialist who testified in the case said that eating such popcorn cannot cause one to develop popcorn lung disease, but he said that one should try not to inhale the buttery bliss smell of a newly microwaved popcorn bag, if they wish to stay away from the cough and shortness while breathing.