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Popcorn lung? 3 outrageous health headlines

I love combing the twittersphere and Facebook for the latest health news. Here are three headlines that made me go hmmm… this week.

Hershey's gets slapped for dubious labels claims

Chocolate syrup plus calcium sounds fishy to me and apparently also to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The mega chocolatier also has a sugar-free syrup fortified with vitamins and minerals.

According to Reuters, "The FDA said the company may not use the terms 'plus' and 'fortification' on the labels" because it's totally ridiculous, er … "the products' nutritional contents do not meet the guidelines needed to make such claims."

Fox hearts GMOs

I can't say I'm surprised by this Big-Ag supporting perspective from notoriously right-leaning Fox News. The news organization touts, "Genetically modified rice as a good source of vitamin A for children in countries where deficiency in the vitamin is common." As it stands, rice is the one hold out genetically modified crop before biotech companies claim total world domination. This one-sided reporting appears to be priming the pump for deregulation.

A bag of popcorn lung

You may have heard of black lung, and here's today's modern equivalent, popcorn lung. Apparently the butter used in microwave popcorn is toxic enough to be a health hazard.

According to a study published in The American Journal of Pathology, "Researchers have discovered that the ingredient 2,3-pentanedione (PD), used to promote the flavor and aroma of butter in microwave popcorn is a respiratory hazard, which can also change gene expression in the brain of rats." So much for my favorite guilt-free snack.  

What crazy headlines did you see this week? Please share below.

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