TBHQ- Preservative found in food and skincare. Oh and varnish.

Monday, April 19, 2010

What is TBHQ?
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
  1. There has been some anecdotal evidence that TBHQ can cause anxiety, restlessness, and aggravation of ADHD symptoms, although there have been no clinical studies that show any link between food additives and behavioral disorders in children."
If you give crackers to your children, read the ingredients and apparently your skin care products.  It's up to you.

11 comments:

the mombshell said...

Information is power, sister! Thanks for this post. Would love to read a review on sunscreens/blocks. While I use lotions and shampoos on my kids pretty moderately, they are both red heads so sunscreen/block is a must. Just putting a bug in your ear.

Mama Ash said...

I have thank you!
Check this out, I did it for an American Site but I'll do one for my site as well:
http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/03/your-guide-to-sun-protection-and-what.html

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for this...my son is allergic to everything and this would have made him very sick...thanks again

Anonymous said...

I made meat pies last night and for the first time ever used Crisco instead of lard. Got sick within 2 hrs. Terrible thirst. Then stomach cramping and nausea and diarrhea all day. Only thing different in my recipe was Crisco. Otherwise fresh organic meat and potatoes and rutabaga. Looking on label I saw the TBHQ and looked it up. I am very sensitive to food preservatives, (cannot eat turkey unless fresh and organic, i.e. no preservatives) so I am certain that is what made me sick as it feels the same as when I eat other foods with known preservatives. YUCK! Back to butter and lard. At least they are natural.

Mama Ash said...

What made you try Crisco? Butter and lard is the way to go. Your meat pies sound delish, sorry to hear you got ill thanks to Crisco and TBHQ!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I just googled TBHQ on the web and found this site as I was about to cook some breaded chicken for the kids and saw this odd ingredient on the box.

Mimi

Anonymous said...

My daughter also gets sick from TBHQ and also we have found BHA and BHT in several things that bother her. We don't know which culprit it is, but are trying to avoid them. Even Cheerios make her sick.

Mama Ash said...

Such a pity how our food is contaminated by such things.

Tessa3Marie said...

Hi.. Im so sorry your daughter gets sick. This is going to SHOCK YOU..
Cheerios are bad .. very bad.. worse the tbhq!! The killer is.. " MODIFIED CORNSTARCH "!! It's in almost everything. This is Genetically engineered corn!! The corn that we eat ( from the cob,bag ect...) is Genetically modified with poison to KILL ALL INSECTS, VERMON and small PESTS so the food will make it to the market!!! This isn't anything new... just people dont know until they look it up.
I stopped giving my children cheerios 18 years ago. MODIFIED CORNSTARCH is in almost everything that people eat!! From snacks to dinners to deserts.
There are more killers in our foods then this...
I can help you get the information if you like..
strouptm@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

The "modified cornstarch" in manufactured food products is NOT genetically altered. It is just cornstarch that has been rendered more useful, usually as a thickener, by using one or another chemical process to slightly alter the starch molecule. Commercial starches including most flours, have been modified in some way. They have been used for generations and are completely safe.

Anonymous said...

The CORN is genetically modified. If it isn't organic, than it is most likely gmo corn. Many foods are now genetically modified. Corn, soy and cotton are the biggest suppliers so far. Watch the documentary, Food, inc. and do a bit of research on Monsanto and GMO's. I buy organic, preservative free foods to avoid the chemicals and non-traditional foods that make up our food supply. Sad that our food has been tampered with, all for the greed of a few large companies that run the food industry. Do your research and use your voice to fight against them, and your dollars. Sign petitions asking the FDA to label foods as genetically modified so people will have the choice, at least.

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