A petroleum derivative, BHA is a synthetically made aromatic
organic compound that is derived from the reaction of 4-methoxyphenol
and isobutylene. It retards spoilage due to oxidation in foods.
It is used in edible oils, chewing gum, fats, margarine, nuts,
instant potato products and polyethylene food wrappers.
Not permitted in infant foods. May provoke an allergic reaction
in some people and may trigger hyperactivity and other intolerance
reactions. There are serious concerns over carcinogenicity and
estrogenic effects and in large doses caused tumors in laboratory
animals. It was banned in Japan in 1958, and it was recommended
that it be banned in the UK, however due to industry pressure
it was not. McDonald's eliminated BHT from their US products
Not recommended to be consumed by children.
The Hyperactive Childrens Support Group believe that a link
exists between this additive and hyperactive behavioural disorders