Top Health Stories of 2012: Fake Butter and Alzheimer’s

The Dr. Oz Show medical staff chose the top most innovative, interesting and influential health headlines of 2012. Each day until the new year, we’ll round up and revisit the major headlines that had a profound effect on science, medicine and your health over the last 12 months.

Headline #15: Could Artificial Butter Flavoring Cause Alzheimer’s?

We use fake butter for everything: baking, cooking, flavoring. But that flavoring most likely comes from diacetyl (DA), a chemical that gives a buttery taste to popcorns, margarines and baked goods.

A study that came out this August suggested that diacetyl can increase your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease later on. Diacetyl has also been blamed for causing a permanent lung disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, in chronically exposed factory workers. This study further adds to the list of damaging effects this flavor chemical has on the body.

Instead of fake butter, you can try whipped butter, which has half the fat and calories as regular butter. You can also try olive oil, which is one of Dr. Oz’s anti-aging superfoods. With these foods, you can still fight fat, but more importantly, you’ll know more about what’s going into your body.

Read how this and other food substitutes may be damaging for your health.

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