Does Popcorn Cause Heart Disease?

One cause of heart disease is food, especially when eating foods high in cholesterol and weight. But a new study suggests that exposure to the chemical content of snacks such as popcorn can also lead to heart disease.

Researchers found that the compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is usually contained in nonstick cookware, food packaging or wrap, furniture to be able to encourage the emergence raincoat cardiovascular disease. No less surprising, 98 percent of the entire population of the world containing PFOA in their blood stream. It is feared that this would trigger a heart attack or stroke in people who love to eat popcorn.

The conclusion was obtained after a team of researchers from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health, Morgantown, USA observed health data from 1,200 Americans and compare them with the levels of serum PFOA levels of heart disease events.

The higher the levels of PFOA found in the bloodstream researcher participants, the higher the risk of participants for cardiovascular disease, regardless of other factors such as age, race, smoking, body mass index (BMI), presence or absence of diabetes up to high low blood pressure.

"But we have not been able to ensure that the direct impact of PFOA and cause heart disease. Both could be indirectly related, such as those who suffer from cardiovascular disease tend to contain more PFOA in their blood," said lead researcher Dr. Anoop Shankar, head of the department of epidemiology at the WVU School of Public Health, as reported by FoxNews, Monday (05/13/2013).

For it as a precaution, minimize exposure to these chemicals by avoiding the two biggest sources of nonstick cookware and food like popcorn. Moreover, according to the FDA, many bags of popcorn that contain high levels of PFOA.