Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemical in packaged foods like microwave popcorn could lead to cardiovascular disease, say researchers.
West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health, Morgantown, researchers looked at the health data of 1,200 Americans and compared their PFOA serum levels with the heart disease incidence.
The results of the study showed that greater the PFOA amounts in the bloodstream, the greater is the cardiovascular disease risk -regardless of factors like age, race, smoking, BMI, diabetes, and even hypertension, Fox News reported.
Lead study author Dr. Anoop Shankar, chair of the department of epidemiology in the WVU School of Public Health, said that they can't yet be certain that PFOA causes heart disease, but suggested that the two could be related in another way, like people suffering from heart disease tending to retain more PFOA in their blood.
According to the FDA, many popcorn bags contain high levels of PFOAs.