TBHQ

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in almost 11 days. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My husband graduated from college this past week so we had many fun activities going on. I am so proud of my hubby and all his hard work. It’s not easy completely an entire degree program all while getting married, having 2 kids, and working full time (including a couple years on 3rd shift!). He’s amazing. And God has been faithful to us.

Before I start discussing the topic I do want to wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Moms are special people. I have the greatest mom and mom-in-law in the world. Wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for them and their love and support.

Ok. So here we go. We’re going to discuss another mysterious ingredient lurking in our food.

What is TBHQ? TBHQ stands for Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (thanks goodness for acronyms, right?!). According to livestrong.com TBHQ is a synthetic antioxidant (derived from petroleum) that is used to extend the shelf life of oily and fatty foods. It’s derived from butane (which is toxic). This chemical is used in food (or food packaging) to preserve the food and keep it from changing colors or flavors. Many things contain TBHQ including body care products, mayonnaise, candy bars, cookies, crackers, etc. Also many fast food restaurants use TBHQ in their food including McDonald’s and Chick-fil-a (Why, Chick-fil-a, why?!).

The FDA regulates the amount of TBHQ that can be in our food to 0.02% (of the total oils in food). Consuming 1 gram of TBHQ can cause many adverse effects such as nausea vomiting, ringing in the ears, ADHD in children, asthma, allergies, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse. 5 grams of TBHQ is the lethal amount (so remind me again why only a little bit of poison is ok?!).

Naturalnews.com reports that “long term, high doses of TBHQ in laboratory animals have shown a tendency for them to develop cancerous precursors in their stomachs, as well as cause DNA damage to them. It is also suggested that it may be responsible for affecting estrogen levels in women.”

Does this sound like something you want to be ingesting? Or something you want your small children to consume? No way. So steer clear of this nasty preservative. Hope this was helpful!

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