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Fake Butter and Microwave Popcorn

Ways “They” Are Trying to Kill Us

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The Real Food Revivalist is very concerned about the food industry’s practice of incorporating chemicals into packaged food and passing it off as something that can be safely eaten.

(Wait, why am I talking in the third person like Miss Manners?)

When asked why she talks in the third person, Miss Manners replied, “You have to have some authority if you’re going to tell people something they don’t want to hear. So I distance myself and sound authoritative in order to get my point across.”  The Real Food Revivalist thinks Miss Manners is a wise woman.

Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Water, Whey, Salt, Vegetable Mono- And Diglycerides And Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Benzoate, Artificial Flavor, Phosphoric Acid (Acidulant), Vitamin A Palmitate, Colored With Beta Carotene

Did you notice the marketing spin on the former package of Parkay, “The flavor says BUTTER!” (but the ingredient list says, “I want to kill you.”).

Now the package slogan says, “Fresh and Creamy Taste.”

Popcorn Lung, Anyone?

Research out of the University of Minnesota linked the “buttery” fake food chemical Diacetyl to Alzheimer’s in 2012.  The study showed that Diacetyl promotes the formation of the beta amyloid plaques, the hallmark of the disease. The researchers found, “the troubling possibility of long-term neurological toxicity mediated by DA.”

Food chemists used Diacetyl chemical to impart “buttery” flavor to processed foods until the public cried out and lawsuits started to fly.

Popcorn Lung

You may have read that microwave popcorn is linked to a serious lung disease, dubbed “popcorn lung” or bronchiolitis obliterans.

A man was awarded $7 million in a lawsuit against a microwave popcorn manufacturer and the grocery store where he bought the product.

Wayne Watson ate 2 bags of microwave popcorn every day for 10 years before he got “popcorn lung.”

“Popcorn lung” is a potentially fatal lung disease that causes scarring in the lung.

Popcorn factory workers were the first to be diagnosed.  Hundreds became sick and some even died.

Then there were other non-factory workers who contracted this lung disease from opening a few too many bags of microwave popcorn at home or work.

Elaine Khoury worked for Blockbuster Video for five years.

“She stated that she popped between twenty and thirty bags of microwave popcorn on a weekend night or holiday for customer consumption at Blockbuster, two bags of popcorn a day for herself, and between six and ten bags of popcorn a night for her family.” The case.

She would pop the microwave popcorn in a small back room at work, then empty them into a popcorn machine to give the appearance that they had been freshly popped.  Eventually, a lung biopsy at the Mayo Clinic confirmed that she had full-blown bronchiolitis obliterans.

We thought the food manufacturers removed diactyl, right?

Big Food just substituted one toxic chemical for another. The government knows that the substitutes are just as dangerous or even more deadly than diacetyl. In 2010 it was reported that one substitute, called 2,3-pentanedione, caused the same tissue damage as the original fake butter chemical. This information came from Dr. Ann Hubbs, a toxicologist at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH. The institute is a branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Chemicals Replacing Diacetyl are Just as Toxic and Dangerous

  • The new studies linking fake butter chemicals to respiratory damage, brain damage and Alzheimer’s are implicating substitute chemical, 2,3-pentanedione.
  • Fake butter chemicals can be found in “milk, butter, cookies, crackers, chocolate, cocoa, powder, candy, potato chips, corn chips, margarine, shortening, oils, oil sprays, gelatin desserts, flavoring extracts, syrups and pet food,” according to Livestrong.
  • Factory workers making fake butter are exposed to high levels of the dangerous chemical, but so are you when you eat some of these processed foods.

Quick! Somebody tell the authorities!

No worries, they know. The government conducted an investigation 14 (FOURTEEN!)  years ago and said this,

“There are many different types of flavorings and most have not been tested for respiratory toxicity. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food additives for safety when eaten, but it does not require testing by other routes of occupational exposure, such as inhalation.”

If your popcorn uses butter and not chemicals, you may be popping away on a regular basis thinking you are eating a  healthy snack.

Unfortunately there are other problems with a popcorn habit.

Did you know …

  • One bag of microwave popcorn has about 48 grams of quickly-digesting carbs
  • 48 grams of carbs turns into 12 tsp of sugar in your bloodstream
  • The labels are confusing sometimes and they’ll state that a small 3oz bag serves 2.5 people. When you do the math, the bag can contain 40-50 grams of carbs.

ConAgra is one of the Big Food bad guys.

ConAgra brings us health-depleting foods like:

  • Slim Jim (Beef, Mechanically Separated Chicken, Water, Corn Syrup, hydrolyzed soy, sodium nitrite, Dextrose, Hydrolized Soy, Corn, and Wheat Proteins)
  • Egg Beaters (rats fed Egg Beaters died of malnutrition)
  • Banquet Frozen Food (Please look at the ingredient list for the turkey dinner, it will curl your hair.
  • Reddi Wip (corn syrup, trans fats, MSG, carrageenan)
  • Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave popcorn
  • Parkay Margarine (soybean oil, trans fats, artificial flavor, etc.)
  • SwissMiss (GMO Sugar + Corn Syrup, Trans Fats, MSG-Modified Whey, Natural Flavor, etc.) 0001570005517_500X500
Contains Oil Blend (Soybean, Palm Fruit, Canola, And Olive Oils), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Vegetable Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Disodium Edta

Yes, your Olive Oil Buttery Spread is Toxic too.

  • The ingredients often include corn oil and soybean oil and these are usually genetically modified.
  • The public cries out, Big Food saves the day by using non-GMO corn and soy along with their proprietary fake butter chemical. 
  • Not natural. Still toxic.

Just enjoy the real, healthy, God-given fats like olive oil and butter. Period. 

Corn oil promotes colon cancer

In fact, Dr. Colin Champ, oncologist, said in my podcast that researchers wanting to induce cancer in mice will feed them corn oil.

Argh! The American Heart Association and all the “health” trade groups recommend that we eat corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil.

Did they not get the memo?

  • These three crops are mostly genetically modified, and are not safe.
  • Did they not know that these oils are omega-6 fats and cause inflammation.
  • Inflamed arteries lead to heart disease.
  • Who’s on the payroll making these ridiculous food recommendations that we eat oils which are made in a factory using high heat and hexane to extract the oil, rendering them rancid even before they hit the store shelves? What about the studies linking these oils to cancer?

Do we need to wring our hands in worry?

No, just stop eating factory food and start eating a diet consisting of real food. Healthy animal protein (like grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, free range chicken), healthy fats (like organic butter, unrefined coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, extra virgin olive oil), vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds.

The reason you are eating fake spray butter and margarine is probably because you have believed the marketing-driven food messages saying God’s food is dangerous and factory food is healthy.

Eat Real Butter for health!

Take charge of your health and learn how well the body responds to real food. Toss out the antiquated food pyramid and ditch the notion that we need to base our diet on 11 servings of blood sugar-spiking breads, pasta, crackers, cereals and crackers.

Get back to eating a diet that your ancestors ate, before we had the epidemics of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Do you want to learn more?

Read my book, The Reclaim Diet, learn how to nourish your body and be well.


Real Food. Real Fat. A delicious way to really LIVE!


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