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Do Microwave Popcorns Cause Cancer?

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Some doctors have been concerned that Microwave popcorn isn't safe, because it contains chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer. It is mainly associated with lung cancer.Use of preservatives such as propyl gallate in the preparation of microwave popcorn can prove as a serious health hazard, as this chemical can cause stomach problems and skin rashes. It is also associated with thyroid issues, high cholesterol and bladder cancer.

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Popcorn is one of the world’s most popular confections. However, some doctors and consumer groups have been concerned that Microwave popcorn isn’t safe, because it contains chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer. It is mainly associated with lung cancer.

The Cancer Risk of Microwave Popcorn

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA):

-Conventional microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical used in the nonstick coating on the inside of the popcorn bags that decomposes, producing a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been associated with increased risk of certain cancers.

-PFOA is the same toxic chemical used in Teflon pans and pots. The Environmental Protection Agency has classified PFOA as a carcinogen.

-According to a recent study at the University of California, PFOA is linked to infertility in women. Numerous studies in lab animals and humans show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers.

Use of preservatives such as Propyl gallate:

Use of preservatives such as propyl gallate in the preparation of microwave popcorn can prove as a serious health hazard, as this chemical can cause stomach problems and skin rashes. It is also associated with thyroid issues, high cholesterol and bladder cancer.

Use of artificial flavoring chemicals:

-The other danger in microwave popcorn is the chemical diacetyl, the artificial flavoring that gives microwave popcorn its buttery smell and taste. Unfortunately, diacetyl can cause serious lung disease. “Popcorn lung” has been observed in factory workers employed by plants that manufacture microwave popcorn.

-Hundreds of factory workers have developed a condition called “popcorn lung,” also known by the medical name bronchiolitis obliterans. The condition is caused by inhalation of diacetyl fumes, which cause scarring in the lungs. Sufferers of popcorn lung have difficulty exhaling, and when severe, the condition can be fatal, bronchiolitis obliterans is an irreversible condition.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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