I was looking at the ingredients on a medicine package this morning. It was a stomach med. I was surprised to find BHT as a main ingredient. My dad used to take a very small glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda when his stomach bothered him. Maybe I should try that instead.
BHT: Butylated hydroxytolueneChemical compound
Butylated hydroxytoluene, also known as dibutylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic organic compound, chemically a derivative of phenol, that is useful for its antioxidant properties. Wikipedi
lipophilic: tending to combine with or dissolve in lipids and fats
phenol: or carbolic acid an aromatic organic compound, a white crystalline solid that is volatile
“What Is BHT? BHT is a lab-made chemical that is added to foods as a preservative. It is also used as a medicine.
BHT or butyl hydroxytoluene is a fat soluble synthetic compound which is commonly used to preserve foods and cosmetics to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or colour. As such, it is primarily used to prevent fats in foods from becoming rancid – but it is also used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products, electrical transformer oil, and embalming fluid.
Sure sounds strange that BHT is something that is found in our food, right?
What kind of products can BHT be found in?
Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick
Neutrogena Body Oil
CVS Beauty Bars Sensitive Skin
Neutrogena Liquid Facial Cleanser Fragrance Free
Revlon ColorStay Bronzer for the Face
Loreal Hip High Intensity Pigments
OLAY Daily Facials Deep Cleansing Cloths
Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion Moisturizing Lotion”
“While it is true that the evidence is contradictory and confusing, there is enough negative scientific evidence to sound alarm bells. Vitamin E has been found to be an equally good preservative, with non of the side effects of BHT, so it seems absurd that we are continuing to be force fed a chemical that is such cause for concern.”
Information from: thegoodhuman.com, Wikipedia, google