What have we done to our food supply?! Seattle PI senior correspondent Andrew Schneider has a series of disturbing articles about the flavoring additive diacetyl.  Manufacturers of these products insist that home users face no risk, and they could be correct. Home cooks are exposed, but the duration of their exposure is much shorter and they use lesser amounts of the diacetyl-releasing items. However, no one knows what the risks are because the government has never conducted tests.

“Many people don’t use the hood over their home stove in the interest of energy conservation or noise reduction. Without air testing and the knowledge of what exposure levels are harmful, we don’t know whether there is a risk,” according to Dr. Kathleen Kreiss of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Her colleague Dr. Richard Kanwal added: “Any health risk always boils down to how it’s used. It’s not just the agent, it’s how people handle it or are exposed to it. If you have somebody at home who cooks for large families or groups at home, maybe they’re getting a lot of exposure.”

Dr. Greg Kullman, a senior industrial hygienist with the group at NIOSH that has been doing most of the diacetyl investigations, says the information just isn’t there to say one way or the other if there is consumer risk and how much of a risk it is.

“You could downplay it but that could be wrong,” Kullman said. “The whole consumer use risk is an unknown. If some of these products have substantial releases of a chemical we know is bad, it is something that the public health community should examine.”

Diacetyl is found in more than 6,000 productsand inhalation of diacetyl can lead to extensive, irreversible scarring of the bronchioles and left untreated can be fatal.

Diacetyl can be found in products such as Brummel and Brown, Crisco butter flavor shortening, Blue Bonnet  65% vegetable oil spread, Lucerne, Land O Lakes, Fleishmann’s, Promise, Pam, Orville Redenbacher’sPopping & Topping buttery flavor popcorn oil, …. and the list goes on – over 6,000 products! So not only is there a concern for workers in commercial kitchens and our kids popping popcorn in the movie theatre, but for us at home as well. (If you are interested in following this investigative series, any of the three links I have included will lead you to more reports).

So what is the solution? Eat natural, eat organic and eat food grown close to home. Don’t use products that come in a package with words you cannot pronounce. Ingredients should read “beans … oats … apples … asparagus.” Food should look like you dug it out of the earth, picked it off of a plant or a bush or out of a tree.

Hypnosis can be an effective tool to help you stay away from foods that have chemical additives. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy is easy to learn and use.