Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and the related compound butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are often added to foods to preserve fats. BHA and BHT are antioxidants. Oxygen reacts with BHA or BHT rather than oxidizing fats or oils, thereby protecting the foods from spoilage. While they are classified as antioxidants, there is nothing 'natural' about BHA or BHT. They are synthetic compounds produced in laboratories. The widespread use of BHA and BHT in foods, food packaging and non food products makes them exceedingly difficult to avoid.
In addition to preserving foods, BHA and BHT are also used to preserve fats and oils in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They are used as a yeast de-foaming agent. BHA is found in butter, meats, cereals, chewing gum, baked goods, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes, and beer. It is also found in animal feed, food packaging, cosmetics, rubber products, and petroleum products.
Both BHA and BHT have undergone the additive application and review process required by the US Food and Drug Administration. Even though our FDA considers them safe for human consumption as food additives they do cause health problems. The same chemical properties which make BHA and BHT excellent preservatives may also be implicated in health effects. The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity. There is evidence that certain persons may have difficulty metabolizing BHA and BHT, resulting in health and behavior changes. Conditions that have been linked with them include: ADHD, Allergies, Angioedema, Dermatitis, Excessive sweating, Headache, Joint Pain, Rhinitis, Sleepiness, Stomach problems, Urticaria and Weight Gain.
It would be wise to choose foods as close to the way nature creates them. When you buy already made, pre packaged items, you are definitely getting toxins and poisons your body does not need!
In addition to BHA and BHT antidotes, this remedy contains antidotes for other common chemicals found in cosmetics: Diethanolamine, Phthalates dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, polyethylene glycol, Siloxane, methicone, Triclosan, Parabens and Triclosan.