Who can resist a mid-afternoon snack of buttery microwave popcorn? While the kind that is low in calories won’t derail your diet, eating it regularly may make it hard for you to have a baby (say what now?) and may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Your baby-making ability may be damaged by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a synthetic chemical used in the linings of microwave-popcorn bags, according to a study performed by UCLA.
The Alzheimers’ risk may be due to the presence of diacetyl, a chemical that gives popcorn that yummy butter smell. Many companies, including Orville Redenbacher, removed diacetyl from their products after workers and popcorn addicts developed respiratory diseases from exposure to the chemical. Be sure to check the ingredients on the box before popping up a batch.
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