Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

#9

#9: Preservatives BHA and BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are commonly used preservatives that can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer, just to name a few. BHA is known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity, while BHT can cause organ system toxicity.

Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.

Answer Question
 
fiatpax

Asked by fiatpax at 2:17 PM on Sep. 22, 2013 in Health

Level 46 (221,572 Credits)
Answers (5)
  • whoa
    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 2:21 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • Icky.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 3:27 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • I haven't eliminated this one, but I'm adding it to my watch-for list. Fortunately, from the list above, it's only breakfast cereal and meat that I need to worry about, and we don't eat much cereal.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 4:48 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • Well, they can take my cereal & my gum from my cold dead hands, just like they can take hubby's beer from his. :p Living causes cancer for Pete's sake. I'm not gonna sweat it.
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:54 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • aspertame causes cancer in rats too...and yet its been okay to consume for around 40 years.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 8:42 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.

Next question in Health
#8

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN