BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) - Antioxidant, Preservative, Use, Side Effects

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BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene) - Preservative / Use / Side Effects
by Dusty R. Green, M.Ed., Author / Research Scientist

BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene) is a fat-soluble preservative for food oils and fats.  This product has been discussed in books authored by Mann and Fowkes as well as Pearson and Shaw over the last three decades.

BHT has been used since 1947 as a common antioxidant in rubber and petroleum products and, more recently, in plastics.  For human consumption, it has been used since 1949 as an antioxidant in many fat-containing foods (edible fats/oils), and in cosmetics.  Thus, there is widespread human exposure to this compound.

Editors note (7-15-08):  After several anecdotal reports from customers/clients, in addition to the BHT/lysine factors, there appears to be a relationship to an "acid-state" in the body and a high incidence of / related outbreaks.  While extrapolating the research, I discovered an additional factor that may relate to  suppression.  As I continue to do research in this arena, creating an alkaline environment in the body suggests a positive relationship to the suppression of (not to mention other states).  For further reading ...

Chemical Formula for both products below -- C15H24O.  PHYSICAL STATE:  White crystals.

Supplement Facts:  100 Capsules, 350 mg each. Serving Per Container - 100
Serving Size:  1 Capsule

Amount Per Serving

BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)

350 mg

Other Ingredients:  Vegetarian capsule


Supplement Facts:  300 Grams of Powder.  Servings Per Container - 660

Serving Size: 1/8 Teaspoon (454 mg).

Amount Per Serving

BHT (Butylated hydroxy toluene) 454 mg
Other Ingredients:  Contains no added starch sugar salt wheat gluten corn coloring flavoring or dairy products.

Keep containers tightly closed in a cool dry and dark place.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Directions:  Add 1-2 capsules to bottle of cooking oil to preserve freshness.  Primarily used to prevent fats from becoming rancid.  BHT reacts quickly with oxygen in the air, making the oxygen unavailable for reaction with surrounding fats and oils.  Or consume 2-3 capsules/day in evenly divided doses.

Cautions:  If taken with alcohol, BHT may prevent alcohol breakdown and, as a result, may exacerbate and prolong the side effects of alcohol.

Warnings Information:
  • Keep out of reach of children,
  • Do not exceed recommended dose,
  • If you have a bad reaction or side effects, discontinue use immediately,
  • When using, please inform your physician,
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your health care professional before using BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).

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