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Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Alternate Names

BHT

Description

Petroleum-derived preservative which helps to prevent spoilage due to oxidation. One of the most commonly used antioxidants in foods.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene - Quick Stats
Names

BHT

Allergy Information

Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Uses

Antioxidant, Preservative

E-Number

E321

Additional Information

Also used as an additive in cosmetics, jet fuels, electric transformer oil and embalming fluid. Some animal studies indicate that it causes cancer and birth defects. Prohibited as an additive in the United Kingdom.



Found In

animals fats, chewing gum, potato flakes, shortening, enriched rice

Possible Health Effects

Some animal studies indicate that it causes cancer, kidney and liver damage, and birth defects.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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