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Concept: Popcorn


There are over 7,000 e-cigarette flavors currently marketed. Flavoring chemicals gained notoriety in the early 2000’s when inhalation exposure of the flavoring chemical diacetyl was found to be associated with a disease that became known as “Popcorn Lung.” There has been limited research on flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes.

Concepts: Chemical substance, Electronic cigarette, Flavor, Chemical industry, Bronchiolitis obliterans, Popcorn, Diacetyl


BACKGROUND: Strategies that may increase compliance to reduced energy intakes are needed to reduce the health burden of obesity. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the effects of snacking on satiety and energy intake. METHODS: This study compared short-term satiety from two common snack foods, low fat popcorn or potato chips. Using a counterbalanced within-subject design, 35 normal weight non-smoking participants (17 men, 18 women) ages 20–50 years (mean age 33 +/- 11, BMI 23 +/- 2 kg/m2) consumed four conditions each: 200 mL of water (control), one cup (4 g, 15 kcal) popcorn, 6 cups (27 g, 100 kcal) popcorn, and one cup (28 g, 150 kcal) potato chips, each with 200 mL water. Participants rated their hunger, satisfaction, prospective consumption, and thirst on 100 mm visual analogue scales 30 minutes after commencement of snack consumption. In addition, post-snack energy intake from an ad libitum meal (amount served less amount remaining) was measured, and the test food and meal combined energy intake and energy compensation were calculated. RESULTS: Participants expressed less hunger, more satisfaction, and lower estimates of prospective food consumption after six cups of popcorn compared to all other treatments (P < 0.05). Energy compensation was 220% +/- 967%, 76% +/- 143% and 42% +/- 75% after one cup popcorn, six cups popcorn and one cup potato chips, respectively. Combined energy intake was significantly greater (P < 0.01) during the potato chips condition (803 +/- 277 kcal) compared to control (716 +/- 279 kcal) or popcorn conditions (698 +/- 286 kcal for one cup and 739 +/- 294 kcal for six cups). Combined energy intakes from both popcorn conditions were not significantly different than control (p > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Popcorn exerted a stronger effect on short-term satiety than did potato chips as measured by subjective ratings and energy intake at a subsequent meal. This, combined with its relatively low calorie load, suggests that whole grain popcorn is a prudent choice for those wanting to reduce feelings of hunger while managing energy intake and ultimately, body weight.

Concepts: Food, Potato, Snack foods, Snack food, Meal, Calorie, Potato chip, Popcorn


Little objective information exists regarding which foods and meals are typically under-reported during retrospective self-reported dietary assessments. Automated wearable cameras record dietary behaviours in free-living settings and allow the context of under-reporting to be explored. As part of a study to validate image-assisted dietary assessment, 40 participants wore a wearable camera on days before three image-assisted 24-h dietary recalls. The foods and meals were typically under-reported, and the environmental and social contexts of under-reporting were assessed. Under-reporting occurred most frequently during afternoon snacks (75/265 foods), dinner (54/265 foods) and breakfast (44/265 foods). Snack foods were most frequently unreported during afternoon snacks, and condiments were most frequently under-reported at breakfasts. No clear pattern of social or environmental contexts for under-reporting was observed. Wearable cameras can identify when specific foods are likely to be under-reported during retrospective dietary assessments. Problematic foods and meals identified could be given additional attention during dietary assessments.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 16 December 2015; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2015.204.

Concepts: Nutrition, Assessment, Snack foods, Snack food, Meal, Breakfast, Popcorn, Full breakfast


Bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible lung disease, was first associated with inhalation of butter flavorings (diacetyl) in workers at a microwave popcorn company. Excess rates of lung-function abnormalities were related to cumulative diacetyl exposure. Because information on potential excess mortality would support development of permissible exposure limits for diacetyl, we investigated respiratory-associated mortality during 2000-2011 among current and former workers at this company who had exposure to flavorings and participated in cross-sectional surveys conducted between 2000-2003.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Diseases and disorders, Respiratory disease, Pulmonology, Bronchiolitis obliterans, Permissible exposure limit, Popcorn, Diacetyl


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the “pop-corn” technique with a wide range of holmium laser settings and fiber sizes in a systematic in-vitro assessment.

Concepts: Maize, Popcorn, Native American cuisine, Flint corn


In today’s society, snacking contributes close to one-third of daily energy intake, with many snacks consisting of energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods. Choices made with regard to snacking are affected by a multitude of factors on individual, social, and environmental levels. Social norms, for example, that emphasize healthful eating are likely to increase the intake of nutrient-rich snacks. In addition, satiety, the feeling of fullness that persists after eating, is an important factor in suppressing overconsumption, which can lead to overweight and obesity. Thus, eating snacks between meals has the potential to promote satiety and suppress overconsumption at the subsequent meal. Numerous studies have explored the relation between snack foods and satiety. These studies concluded that whole foods high in protein, fiber, and whole grains (e.g., nuts, yogurt, prunes, and popcorn) enhance satiety when consumed as snacks. Other foods that are processed to include protein, fiber, or complex carbohydrates might also facilitate satiety when consumed as snacks. However, studies that examined the effects of snack foods on obesity did not always account for satiety and the dietary quality and portion size of the snacks consumed. Thus, the evidence concerning the effects of snack foods on obesity has been mixed, with a number of interventional and observational studies not finding a link between snack foods and increased weight status. Although further prospective studies are warranted to conclusively determine the effects of snack foods on obesity risk, the consumption of healthful snacks likely affects satiety and promotes appetite control, which could reduce obesity.

Concepts: Nutrition, Vegetable, Snack foods, Snack food, Meal, Popcorn


Grain-based fabricated snacks from non-wheat grains (amaranth, finger millet, sorghum and black gram) were used to prepare puffed snacks employing the method of hot air toasting. The functional characteristics and sensory attributes of the snack were determined by varying the moisture content and time of toasting. The quality attributes of the snacks like the instrumental color parameters, peak force and puff thickness of the snack correlated well with the sensory attributes (appearance/color, texture and overall acceptability). A snack made from amaranth showed a bright reddish brown colour at a moisture content of 20-40%; the product had a good puffing and high overall acceptability. The moisture content of all the snacks was around 3% and had a fat content of 1-2%; protein and dietary fiber contents were in the ranges of 22-23 and 10-11%, respectively. The principal component analysis (PCA) accounted for a total of 89.6% variation. The PCA biplot showed that sensory appearance, sensory texture and sensory overall acceptability were closely related to the puff thickness. The microstructure of the snack indicated the presence of air cells to offer a porous structure. On toasting, the flakes increased their thickness creating a porous microstructure such that the toasted snacks were crispy having a brittle texture. Popped sorghum and gelatinized starch added doughs exhibited good puffing when toasted at 20-30% moisture content while popped amaranth samples required higher moisture content (30-40%). The grain based gluten-free snacks with improved sensory and nutritional characteristics can be prepared by using different ingredients.

Concepts: Nutrition, Wheat, Principal component analysis, Cereal, Vegetable, Coeliac disease, Gluten-free diet, Popcorn


This work involved the optimization and validation of a method, according to Directive 2002/657/EC and the Analytical Quality Assurance Manual of Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Brazil, for simultaneous extraction and determination of fumonisins B1 and B2 in maize. The extraction procedure was based on a matrix solid phase dispersion approach, the optimization of which employed a sequence of different factorial designs. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for determining these analytes using the selected reaction monitoring mode. The optimized method employed only 1g of silica gel for dispersion and elution with 70% ammonium formate aqueous buffer (50mmolL(-1), pH 9), representing a simple, cheap and chemically friendly sample preparation method. Trueness (recoveries: 86-106%), precision (RSD ≤19%), decision limits, detection capabilities and measurement uncertainties were calculated for the validated method. The method scope was expanded to popcorn kernels, white maize kernels and yellow maize grits.

Concepts: Condensed matter physics, Colloid, Capillary electrophoresis, Emulsion, Maize, Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, Phases of matter, Popcorn


Incentive salience theory (IST) suggests that ‘wanting’ and liking are dissociable processes. We argue that explicit measures of wanting in humans can reflect the impact of implicit ‘wanting’ as envisaged by IST, suggesting that dissociations should also be evident for explicit judgments of wanting and liking. To test this, participants were asked to make ratings of these variables for 8 palatable snack foods - and in a related test salivation rate was also assessed. Participants viewed and sniffed each snack food and rated wanting, and then sampled it and rated liking and whether they wanted more of it. Following a lunch eaten to satiety, and composed in part of half of the palatable snack foods, participants repeated their evaluations of the snack foods (and salivation rate). Liking changed less across lunch than wanting and want more ratings, the last-mentioned changing the most. Change in liking was associated with change in salivation rate, independent of wanting, and change in wanting was associated with change in hunger independent of liking. We argue these dissociations are consistent with ‘wanting’ influencing explicit wanting, and that want more ratings may represent a ‘purer’ measure of IST ‘wanting’.

Concepts: Snack foods, Snack food, Meal, Popcorn


Liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QToF-MS) was used for the accurate identification (<10ppm) of different polyfluoroalkylphosphates (PAPs) and their intermediate and end degradation products in popcorn bags. Up to 46 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and precursors were identified. Moreover, an accurate method based on focused ultrasonic solid-liquid extraction (FUSLE) and a clean-up step with Envi-Carb sorbent was validated and applied to the quantification of 24 PFASs in popcorn bags from over twelve European countries, three American countries and two Asian countries. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that identification and quantification of some intermediates of PFAS precursors (different chain length fluorotelomer saturated acids (FTCAs) and fluorotelomer unsaturated acids (FTUCAs)) have been reported. Moreover, different patterns in the microwave popcorn bag composition were observed within the countries; while in European and American countries short chain PFASs were detected, Asian countries still use long chain PFASs.

Concepts: Scientific method, Protein, Mass spectrometry, Time-of-flight, Perfluorooctanoic acid, Popcorn, Popcorn bag, Bags