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Let's Talk BHA & BHT

Let's Talk BHA & BHT

Before you glaze over, these little bad boys are ingredients you'll want to know more about. Widely used in our food and personal care products with a huge impact on our health. It's worth a mini-lesson without the scientific jargon.


What are BHA's and BHT's?
BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants often used as preservatives in skincare, lipsticks and other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservatives.

BHA stands for butylated hydroxyanisole, and BHT stands for butylated hydroxytoluene.


What do I need to know about them?
The National Toxicology Program classifies BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen".

In animal studies, BHA has been shown to produce liver damage and stomach cancers and interfere with normal functions of the reproductive system and thyroid hormones.

In vitro estimations showed that BHT is more toxic than BHA. Studies have indicated that at "the concentrations of 0.75%, BHA and BHT are harmful to the blood. " - NCBI.

Some scary facts. Remember, knowledge is power.


What can I do about it?
Put your card where your health is. Choose natural, organic and plant-based personal care products where possible. Check out the labels of your favourite foods and drinks to make sure they're not hidden inside. Opt for fresh as much as possible. Avoiding nasty chemicals is good for your health and wellbeing.

Knowledge is power. Make sure you always do your own research and choose products that feel right for you.

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