Dr Oz: Diacetyl in Artificial Butter Flavor Causes Alzheimers Disease

By on October 8, 2012

Dr Oz: Artificial Butter Flavoring

Dr Oz spent this episode discussing what you need to know about Sugar Substitutes, Artificial Sweeteners, Metabolic Syndrome and Natural Sweeteners. He’s not shy about controversy, especially when it comes to topics like Arsenic Apple Juice or Brown Rice Arsenic. Next, he’s shining the spotlight on another artificial product we can’t get enough of: fake butter.

Dr Oz: Does Artificial Butter Cause Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Loss?

Dr Oz talked about the risks associated with chemicals in Artificial Butter Flavor called Diacetyl, which could lead to memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Recent headlines have shouted warnings about a possible link between artificial butter and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr Oz said many concerned viewers wrote in to get the real story from Oz. He said the issue surrounds Diacetyl, which is used in place of real butter in manufactured foods such as cooking spray, cheese, and even your favorite microwave popcorn.

Diacetyl Artificial Butter in Chardonnay Wine!

But you probably never guessed Diacetyl is found in some Chardonnay. Our modern food practices have people choosing manufactured butter substitutes twice as often as natural butter. Is this healthy, or should we be worried about some of the alarming headlines?

Robin said she is a big fan of artificial butters, because they are “fat free, low cholesterol, low calorie” options. She made the switch about 20 years ago, but Dr Oz had some bad news for her as well.

Dr Oz: Artificial Butter Flavor & Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Headlines have mentioned the health risks, such as an Alzheimer’s link. Robin said that she was alarmed and worried for her family. But Dr Oz wanted to learn how she uses butter at home. Robin said she usually uses about 10 sprays of artificial butter in a dish.

There are a few calories that can add up in that many sprays, but Dr Oz’s greater concern was the chemicals. These butters can be used for various recipes and meals.

How Butter Chemical Affects Memory

Neurons in the brain are nourished and protected by food in our diet. But sometimes, gunk clogs pathways in the brain, leading to irritation and inflammation. That can cause memory loss, which can accelerate to Alzheimer’s. This type of clumping in the brain has been linked in at least one study to chemicals in fake butter.

That could be a problem for factory workers where these types of processed foods are produced, though Dr Oz said it could be many years before we have conclusive evidence about the link to humans. But it’s enough to alarm Robin.

Are you concerned about the butter substitutes that could be in your cupboard?

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Comments to Dr Oz: Diacetyl in Artificial Butter Flavor Causes Alzheimers Disease

  1. Jo Ann Pilcher says:

    This is a surprise to me and also a disappointment. I have been usng an artificial buttery spread for a couple of years now called Smart Squeeze. One tbsp. has ony 5 calories. The ingredients are. Water,modiied foodstarch (corn,) salt, natural flavor*, contains less than 2 percent of sugar, artificial (color,) Glucono-Delta Lactone (to protect freshness) Lactade acid, artificial flavor, Vitamin A,Palmate, Beta Carotene color, Potassium Sorbate, Calsium Disodium EDTA and TBHQ (to protect quality) *.adds a trivial amount of vegetable fat. I do not see any ingredient called Diacetyl, but could it still be in here under another name? Is there anything harmful in any of the ingredients I have listed? This product is owned and distributed by a company called GFA Brands, Inc.in Paramus, NJ 07652. Their phone number is 201-421-3970.

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