BHT? What the heck is it?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I recently popped over to my neighborhood grocery store.  I was going to get Rice Crispies Brown Rice because it's made it whole grains.
I was going to make Rice Crispy Cakes with pumpkin seeds, cranberries, dried apricot(sulphate free & organic) and with some shredded coconut.

As I was looking at the cereal box, I noticed an ingredient I wasn't aware of.

Well, if you read my past post on TBHQ(whuch has been removed from the crackers so I've seen), I had to see what BHT was and of course, it's a food preservative.

BHT:  Butylated hydroxytoluene

Reading on wikipedia I see a couple of things that catch my attention, mainly this one, however it hasn't been brought to the attention since the 1970's and some brands completely eliminated it:
European and U.S. regulations allow small percentages to be used as a food additive, but that is not without controversy as there are claimed links to child hyperactivity as well as to cancer.
Hmmmmm......something I don't want in my kids cereal.  I mean, the commercials for Rice Crispies always show moms, kids around a table in black and white and nothing makes them happier than hearing, snap, crackle, pop.

However than there's this, if used with Vitamin C and Lysine(:
Conversely, BHT is advocated as a diet supplement and antiviral useful against herpes family viruses
But then, it can also be used for:
While there may be some dispute in BHT's use in the human diet, the chemical is widely used in industry wherever oxidation in fluids (e.g. fuel, oil) and other materials must be treated, and free radicals must be kept in-check.

Apparently it's also used in cosmetics along with BHA.  BHT has been flagged and is under review with Canada's Chemical's Management Plan.

Anyways, do your own research but I just wanted to share this with you. Will I be picking up a box of Rice Crispies anytime soon? Probably not. Added for product freshness or not.
I'm kinda disappointed because I was looking forward to making the squares.


prozac pphn said...

Never noticed it . Actually I never knew BHT existed. Thanks for pointing it out

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