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Doctor insights on: Popcorn Allergy

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Can someone be allergic to movie theatre/cinema popcorn?

Can someone be allergic to movie theatre/cinema popcorn?

Possible: It is more likely that one of the the added ingredients to the popcorn that may trigger an allergic reaction.

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I was drinking wine, eating popcorn, and eating jalapeños, and suddenly my left bottom lip got swollen. Am I allergic to something?

I was drinking wine, eating popcorn, and eating jalapeños, and suddenly my left bottom lip got swollen. Am I allergic to something?

Allergic reaction: A number of the conditions can cause swollen lips. By your description the cause is allergic reaction to food. The rule of thumb- see your doctor if the swelling cannot be explained or does not improve after 2-3 days. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing call 911. Take care.

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After eating air pop popcorn, I get sick. I get an upset stomach. It gets very painful. It didn't use to be this way. Could I now be allergic?

After eating air pop popcorn, I get sick. I get an upset stomach. It gets very painful. It didn't use to be this way. Could I now be allergic?

Maybe: It could be an allergy to corn or it could be an intolerance. Maybe it is an additive in the popcorn product you are using. Switch brands and see if it persists. If so, see an allergist.

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After eating salty foods like chips or popcorn my lips, tongue and throat swell up. Sometimes hard to breath. What could I be allergic to? Is it bad?

After eating salty foods like chips or popcorn my lips, tongue and throat swell up. Sometimes hard to breath. What could I be allergic to? Is it bad?

It May be Serious: You need to stop eating these foods and see an allergist for an evaluation. You may be very allergic to something, either the food itself or possibly a preservative. Any time you have swelling and difficulty breathing it could be very serious and if an allergy could lead to a potentially fatal reaction. You should have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with you at all times and take it right away if you get swelling.

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How unhealthy is popcorn?

How unhealthy is popcorn?

Not very: The principal issue with popcorn is the oils used to douse the finished product. Many of these are synthetic, most have a high caloric content and even actual butter can be overdone. Also if you need to limit your salt intake, popcorn can be a problem. Popcorn itself is high volume, low caloric and a great appetite suppresant.

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How digestable is popcorn?

How digestable is popcorn?

Probably pretty good: If a popcorn kernel is completely popped open, most of it should be digestible in the GI tracy. The same may not be said about unpopped kernels that are swallowed whole however.

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What's the benefit of popcorn?

What's the benefit of popcorn?

Depends: Air popped, no butter, maybe a little salt or other savory-it's a decent snack, source of fiber. Cooked in transfat, soaked in "butter-flavor", steeped in salt-not so good. Very easy to get excess calories, fat, and salt from a tub of typical movie house popcorn.

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Can I eat popcorn when I diet?

Can I eat popcorn when I diet?

Popcorn: Sure, provided it is not covered by sweet stuffs and you don't take too much at a time.

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Are there any dangers from eating burnt popcorn?

Are there any dangers from eating burnt popcorn?

Not short term: Burning food carries carcinogens. Carcinogens are cancer producing entities. Over time eating alot of grilled, burned meat and other foods is not healthy. When grilling outside and you eat overcooked meat you can take a Vitamin C pill. It will help neutralize the carcinogens from the burned food. Popcorn is a risk for diverticulitis. Choose better choices of snacks to stay healthy.

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How healthy is air popped popcorn with little bit of butter?

How healthy is air popped popcorn with little bit of butter?

Pretty Healthy: If your butter is Salt-free, it is a pretty good snack - in moderation. If you are dieting, figure out how much of your daily fat intake you wish to invest in the butter portion, then enjoy!

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Is eating burnt popcorn bad to eat? Not totally burnt just a little.

Is eating burnt popcorn bad to eat? Not totally burnt just a little.

Another: Another issue with burnt popcorn is that the kernel may not have popped completely leaving a hard core. If you bite down on this unexpectedly you run the risk of fracturing a tooth or filling. Also be careful when eating popcorn it is possible to get a piece of the thin outer shell caught in the sulcus of the gum. It acts as a sharp knife cutting down into the gum tissue a potentially leading to damage and an infection.

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At what age is itsafe. For a typically developin. Childto ea popcorn?

At what age is itsafe. For a typically developin. Childto ea popcorn?

Popcorn: Popcorn is a very dangerous food to give any child under the age of five. Like hotdogs it can cause a ' plug" in the throat that unless the child is mature enough to fully chew, poses a risk. You did not specify age of child but certainly under five you should not offer popcorn. Same with nuts, hotdogs and several other choking hazards.

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Is popcorn healthy? Or is it just less bad for you than other choices?

Is popcorn healthy? Or is it just less bad for you than other choices?

Popcorn: Popcorn is not unhealthy. It is generally healthy but not as healthy as colored vegetables and fruits. It is a snack food that is good to eat. Do not load up on salt, though

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Is acute exposure to diacetyl (in popcorn butter) harmful, or only long-term, cumulative exposure?

Possibly...: Any "chemical" runs the risk of being potentially dangerous. Now I would never deprive you of your popcorn; but I cannot foresee the future; I am not aware of any studies to date on this topic...But just follow my standard advice; 'anything in moderation' and we'll see what the future holds (besides; I can't skip to the end of this movie and ruin it for ya) cheers!

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Would eating popcorn aggravate a gallbladder?

Would eating popcorn aggravate a gallbladder?

Billiary colic: Pain with gb "attacks" is usually related to fat containing foods like butter, but also can based on the severity of the disease can eventually be related to all foods. Meet with your GI or surgeon to discuss.

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Is popcorn helpful or harmful in persons having recurring intestinal polyps?

Is popcorn helpful or harmful in persons having recurring intestinal polyps?

Popcorn.: Popcorn should be neither harmful nor helpful in the context of intestinal polyps. Good for general health - low calories and some fiber.

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When can I feed my baby popcorn?

When can I feed my baby popcorn?

After 3 years of age: Popcorn, nuts and similar items can be inhaled into babies lungs, go unnoticed for days, then trigger life threatening pneumonia. The item may have to be retreived thru a special scope in the operating room if you are lucky enough to figgure out what happened. They don't show up on xray. Until your child is old enough to talk and tell you this happened you are better off using something else.

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I have gastritis can I eat popcorn?

I have gastritis can I eat popcorn?

If it doesn't hurt: Gastritis just means inflammation of the stomach but doesn't inform us as to the cause of the inflammation. Infections, allergies, chronic bowel diseases, and toxic exposures to foods and medicines can all cause gastritis. The bottom line is that if your doctor has not restricted your eating, try popcorn and see how you feel.