Gourmet magazine’s weekly newsletter perked up my day with its pick for food quote of the week. The mag’s newsletters are generally pretty brief—a note from Ruth, a little food news, some things to buy—but this week it got me laughing when it quoted an interview with California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber that was originally included in an article in the New York Times.

Lieber is the author of a bill that seeks to ban the use of diacetyl, the substance added to microwave popcorn to give it that fake buttery flavor. The chemical is also suspected of causing lung disease in factory workers who are exposed to it.

It’s not like we’re talking about a potential flaw in the polio vaccine. We are talking about a potentially devastating disease caused by buttering flavor. And there are alternatives out there. Including butter.

Amen to that!

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