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Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Alternate Names

BHA

Description

Petroleum-derived preservative which helps to prevent spoilage due to oxidation.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole - Quick Stats
Names

BHA

Allergy Information

Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Uses

Preservative, Antioxidant

E-Number

E320

Additional Information

The US National Institutes of Health states that BHA is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals." Banned in Japan.



Found In

lard, instant mashed potatoes, ice cream, baked goods, dry dessert mixes, shortening, cereal, potato flakes, chewing gum

Possible Health Effects

Evidence of causing cancer in experimental animals. May cause cancer in humans although not enough human studies have been done yet.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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Copyright May 20, 2010 Be Food Smart, Update 2/18/14




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