Report: Microwave popcorn may be bad for your heart

Report: Microwave popcorn may be bad for your heart

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A new report suggests microwave popcorn may be harmful to your heart.

Scientists say Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, is a common chemical found in things like nonstick cookware.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, popcorn bags contain especially high levels of PFOA's.

Researchers from West Virginia University School of Public Health looked at the health data of over 1,000 Americans and found that the greater the amounts of PFOA in the bloodstream, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Previous research has linked the chemical to cardiovascular disease in animals, but this is the first study to look at PFOA's heart effect on humans.

Study leaders say more research needs to be done to determine the specific relationship between PFOA and heart disease.

The report advises people to minimize their exposure by staying away from non-stick cookware and packaged goods.

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