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February 12, 2014

What The Heck? Wednesday #20 (BHT)

BHT is a commonly seen ingredient in a lot of today's foods. It's been shown to cause a lot of problems, especially to those with a BHT sensitivity which usually goes unseen. A lot of people who are gluten-free are actually reported to have a BHT sensitivity as well. BHT is used in many gluten-free products to preserve flavor and is definitely an ingredient you should become more aware of which I help you with in this post.

Key points:
  • BHT is a common ingredient used to preserve a food’s color, odor, and flavor.
  • Some people who are gluten-free are also shown to have BHT sensitivities as well.
  • Many people mistake BHT symptoms for gluten symptoms since they are very similar.
  • BHT is 100% free of gluten, however, you should be checked out to see if you have a BHT sensitivity is you still deal with glutened like symptoms.
  • BHT is also used to treat herpes and cold sores....why are we eating this?

Most common symptoms of a BHT sensitivity:
  • Mood changes
  • Behavior changes
  • Eczema
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Sinus pain
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Throat swelling
  • Asthma
  • Hives

Where it's banned:
  • England
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Australia

Why it's banned:
  • In a study done in 1970, it was shown to cause cancer in the animals it was tested on.
  • It has been shown to cause liver and kidney damage, behavioral problems, infertility, weakened immune system, birth defects, cancer; should be avoided by infants, young children, pregnant women and those sensitive to aspirin.

More info and sources:

Are you going to try and avoid BHT now or do you avoid it already? Comment below!


Anonymous said...

I still seem to have issues with some Gluten Free products. I tried GF pizza again to no avail and think it may be the yeast??? Well, I would avoid BHT now as well. I don't know what products it is in, I will keep a look out. Thanks for the heads up :)
A Frank

Taylor Miller said...

You're welcome!

Tracy said...

Oh Wow! Your Awesome and so smart. Thank you for sharing!!

Taylor Miller said...

No problem. Glad to look it up and share!

Cecily Rodgers said...

Great information! Thank you, Taylor

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