This is the Scary Truth about Movie Theater Popcorn Butter

This is the Scary Truth about Movie Theater Popcorn Butter

Many of us don’t know this, but the movie theater butter you so calmly enjoy might not have any butter in it at all. If some recent revelations by Stacey Ballis are anything to go by, then accept the spoiler that you have all along been taking partially hydrogenated soybeans oil mixed with beta carotene, polydimethylsiloxane (prevents foaming), tertiary Butylhydroquinone (synthetic preservative to help maintain the color from changing), and finally, buttery flavoring, all these disguised as butter. It is not clear what the buttery flavoring is made of, but they at least made an admission that this is indeed, not butter. And that means it is some type of chemical that looks like butter.

What is more egregious is the fact that movie theater butter contains an additional 20 calories for every teaspoon when you compare it to real butter. That’s more like adding salt to a wound and when you think about it you will realize that a large bucket includes at least three tablespoons. Many people continue to enjoy  movie theater butter and their assumption is that they are consuming real butter, which according to many health specialists might have many health benefits. So, instead of reaping these health benefits, users of movie theater popcorn butter are piling up more risks on their health. It is a scary realization that will have some people who love it fear why they have never known this before.


Other ingredients you will find in the theater popcorn butter include Flavacol, which is a yellow powder added during topping to allow your popcorn to have that yellow buttery color. Essentially, this is simply super-fine salt that has coloring agents, but people swear it contains butter flavor even when the truth remains there is none included. This leads to a final conclusion that states your movie theater butter contains not a single drop of butter in it. What is there is a mixture of different chemicals to create the flavor and texture as well as color so the user feels this is real butter.

According to the author of the piece, it was difficult convincing people this was not real butter and most of them despite getting the warning still went ahead to apply the oily substance on their popcorns. In short, the reason the substance is still on sale and getting a huge chunk of the market to buy is because no one is interested to know the truth or what is behind the curtain. Kids are the most affected in this case as they will likely not find any meaning in an explanation that seems to suggest their favorite flavoring butter is not suitable for their consumption.

They won’t buy that anyway. Although it has not been established officially yet what taking artificially-flavored butter might do to one’s health, the fact manufacturers have continued to exploit the market without exposing what is included in the toppings is something that should be questioned. If you were about to take some of it, think about the chemicals you will be consuming that have absolutely no relationship with real butter.

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