100 Health facts and tips (#9 of 100)
#9. You should NOT skip over TBHQ on food labels.
Have you ever read a label on a food product and came across a word you did not know? Did you skip over it and move to something you did recognize? If you are guilty, just know it pays to be curious about what’s going into the food you purchase and eat. Tertry-butyl hydroquinone, TBHQ for short, has received publicity for some time. TBHQ is a chemical preservative commonly added to the oil in foods. It is used to preserve freshness and extend shelf life.
Like many preservatives, TBHQ is approved by the FDA, which allows 0.02% to be added to oils. As little as one to four grams of TBHQ is considered a high dose. A dose this high can result in nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or vomiting. TBHQ has been linked to hyperactivity and asthma among children (Natural News.com).
You can find a list of foods that contain TBHQ on the web. Common sources include some crackers, candy bars, cookies and fast foods. If you consume foods that contain TBHQ on a daily basis, decreasing your consumption will certainly benefit your health. The habit and diligence of reading labels is yet another task on our being-healthy ToDo list, but it is certainly an activity that keeps us informed and healthy.
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