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Cup Unpopped Popcorn Kernels
I accidentally had about 15 popcorn kernels. I know , a lot! will anything happen ? Or will i be fine?
Fine: You will be fine, don't worry about it. ...Read more
I know eating unpopped popcorn kernels can cause appendicitis, but are there any other effects? I'm told it can build in intestines, but I'm not sure.
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Very common !!: In many cases you can remove it by using a floss, knotted twice ; pulled through, but in some cases (like when it's stuck behind teeth or you have deeper pockets ; thicker gums around your teeth) you can even cause the piece go in deeper inside. This may cause an inflammation ; tenderness due to foreign body reaction. See your dentist to check it out. It can cause a gum abscess too. Be careful! ...Read more
Last night I choked/unsure if I aspirated on a piece of popcorn kernel. I had a coughing fit and felt better. but today have a bit of irriated cough.
This may just: be from irritation to your throat. Try gargling with warm salt water. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more