Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Are you consuming BHT?

Warning the information below may radically change the food you eat and cause a massive cleaning of your pantry!

BHT also known as Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a lipophilic (fat-soluble) organic compoundthat is primarily used as an antioxidant food additive (E number E321) as well as an antioxidant additive in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuelsrubberpetroleum products, electrical transformer oil,[2] and embalming fluid. (Wikipedia)

Basically BHT is a chemical found in embalming fluid, jet fuel, rubber and numerous other pharmaceutical.  It is also found in most cereals, granola bars, packaged convenience foods.  AHHH!!  
And more than likely BHT is sitting in on your pantry shelves.  

BHT is known to induce cancer and tumor growth, hyperactivity (No wonder kids can't focus in school, BHT is one of the first thing that most children ingest when starting their day with sugary breakfast cereals), and numerous other very scary health risks and effects.

I encourage you to head to your pantry right now.  Pull out your breakfast cereal boxes and read the ingredient list.  If you are reading a lucky charm, frosted flake, shredded wheat, cocoa puffs or basically any Kellogg's cereal box you will find BHT listed in bold underneath the ingredient list.  It can sometimes be listed at BHA as well. Both are bad and should be avoided at all cost.

I hope this didn't scare you too much ;)  Do you and your family a favor and raise your level of awareness about this harmful chemical that seems to be creeping into more foods these days.  Another great way to avoid it, is do no eat anything that come out of a box or bag.  Eat fresh produce, fruits, grass fed meats, and local foods whenever possible.  Pay a visit to a farmers market this week to pick up some delicious, nutritious food.  I guarantee you that those beautiful veggies won't have BHT in them.


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