petroleum derivative, retards spoilage due to oxidation. 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 by 1986.
recommended to be consumed by children.
Hyperactive Childrens Support Group believe that a link exists between
this additive and hyperactive behavioural disorders in children.