Monday, April 19, 2010
I've always wondered about it. We go to a neighbourhood pub where one of the sweet old waitresses that works there, she must be in her 60's always asks if little Charles would like some crackers.
Sure I say. She comes back and gives me the plastic wrapped crackers with red in the logo and I look at the back and see the ingredient TBHQ. I ask my husband what the heck is TBHQ and I look at the cracker that Charlie is about to put his mouth.
Now I just received a product to review and I'm looking at the ingredients and I see TBHQ. Okay, what kind of preservative is this? So I have just looked it up. I am aghast at what I found out.
Well, in high doses it's a carcinogenic. My son has eaten the brand of crackers that contains it. It is in a cream that can be absorbed into his delicate system via the skin and it's a baby skin care product. Guess I'll be sending the product back as I cannot review it nor put it on my blog.
It's an antioxidant derived from petroleum. I never would of thought anti oxidant and petroleum would go together. A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives states that TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food.
What may be high dose in some may be low in another, to me how do they measure it? Everyone absorbs, reacts to things differently? What are your two cents?
It says it's apparently safe, but what about the news on Triclosan, BPA will this be in the news next year? Why weren't any of those chemicals properly tested before all the hazards splashed over the news? It won't be long I'm sure before we hear about TBHQ.
I want nothing to do with it.
I just found this quote from one of the links in the above, each highlighted TBHQ contains info from different websites:
"TBHQ in Children
Posted by Everything Mom and Baby on Monday, April 19, 2010