BHT: The Bad Health Toxin
What if I told you that you were eating the same chemical found in cosmetics, jet fuels, rubber, embalming fluid, and electrical transformer oil? You’d be pretty grossed out right? But you’d also think I was exaggerating, or trying to frighten you. After all, we have the famous Food and Drug Administration, surely they wouldn’t allow toxins in our food, right?
BHT stands for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. It is used to prevent oxidation in a lot of our prepackaged foods, but also in cosmetics and other products as mentioned above.
Both BHA/BHT are banned in European countries and Japan, but still allowed by the United States. Many large chemical companies perform their tests in smaller countries, in poor countries, and take advantage of their land and their people by poisoning their land and their people. Then, after sufficient trials, bring their goods to America and sell it to our people.
So it is only natural and right, that the countries affected by the chemical and drug companies first, should be the ones to also ban them first. But there’s a lot of money riding on this, and in today’s world, sadly, that puts the consumer in the back seat.
On my personal road to healing, my first step was to eat as clean and basic as possible. As I got better, I slowly added in more foods, and was easily able to determine what caused my pain.
I quickly learned that even “healthy” gluten free snacks caused me pain and it took me several months of study and experimentation to diagnose it.
As someone with multiple auto immune diseases (Fibromyalgia, RA, Lupus, Tachycardia etc) my symptoms came on within 10 minutes of ingesting anything with BHA/BHT in it. Generally the discomfort would begin in my neck/shoulders, as a stiffness or tired muscles, and then it would flow to my arms, making me want to rub them constantly, and, if I ate too much, the pain would later reach my legs and finally my feet 1-2 hours later. BHT also caused me significant fatigue, feeling as if my legs were concrete and all I could way lay in bed exhausted.
If you are someone who is impacted by disease and are currently in contact discomfort, you may not notice the effects of BHT as much, but once you stop eating it everyday, you will not only feel better, but you’ll be able to immediately tell when food does contain BHT/BHA.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 (11 years ago!) listed BHT as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental animal testing. Symptoms of BHT poisoning in adults are insomnia, increased appetite, loss of energy, liver and kidney damage, fetal abnormalities, mental and physical retardation, cancer and baldness.
But just incase my words and the NTP’s findings aren’t enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that “BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.” So why it is in your cereal, crackers, bread, meat, waffles, chips, health bars, and more?
Because it’s cheaper.
If you think that these companies actually care about your health, you sorely mistaken. They could care less about you. They care about one thing, and that’s net profit. Sadly, millions of American’s are being slowly poisoned to death in the name of profit.
BHT is approved for use the United States, but because it is banned nearly everywhere else in the world, creating two batches of the same product became too difficult. General Mills for example, removed BHT from Cheerios, Trix, Kix, and Lucky Charms and replaced it with the all natural alternative, vitamin E (and mixed with tocopherols). But is this because they suddenly care about you? Or is it because those are their top grossing cereals and it’s now cheaper to just produce 1 version rather than two? And if General Mills knows BHT is bad, why are they still using it in their other products just in the U.S?
Other simple and healthy ways to keep food fresh include friendly antioxidants like vitamin A and C, or extracts of thyme and rosemary.
It’s essential for you to start reading the ingredients and not the labels. BHT/BHA are the top 2 nervous system stressors that are in a variety of dried goods, packaged foods and crackers/chips. Take this horrible toxin out of your diet and you’re guaranteed to start feeling better. Those sore, aching muscles will begin to lighten, and you’ll be further on your path to health!
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