A recent study has found that a flavorant used in microwave popcorn may elevate risk of Alzheimer's disease. Diacetyl, the flavourant, can make brain proteins into Alzheimer's-linked form, called beta amyloid. This flavourant has already been in the news for its alleged connection to lung damage in those who work in microwave popcorn factories. Diacetyl was found to have an architecture similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins clump together in the brain -- clumping which is a characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also found that the butter flavorant in popcorn can hinder the brain's natural amyloid-clearing method. Source: Medindia << Chemical Used in Antibacterial Soaps Could Harm Health FDA Approves Sanofi’s Auvi-Q Auto-Injector >> Recommended Reading Antioxidant Levels Higher in Popcorn Than Fruits and Vegetables Scientists have revealed that popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables. READ MORE Popping Popcorn At The Movies Can Make You Fat Think twice before munching on popcorn while watching your favourite movie in the theatre, as this salt and calorie rich snack can actually make you pile on the pounds. READ MORE Woman Files Suit Claiming Popcorn Damaged Lungs A woman has filed suit claiming that her popcorn habit of 16 years has caused permanent damage to her lungs. READ MORE Analysis Reveals Cinema Popcorn's Nutritional Horror Forget Freddy Krueger or flesh-eating zombies: the real villain of a night at the movies could be lurking in a bag of popcorn or drinks carton, according to a new US study. READ MORE Munch On Crunchy Corn! The infamously hard to digest corn actually holds unbelievable health benefits and is important part of the diet chain. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker A-Z Drug Brands in India Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: Munch On Crunchy Corn!