BHA & BHT: Two Toxic Additives That Affect Your Mind and Body!

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BHA & BHT: Two Toxic Additives That Affect Your Mind and Body!

Understanding the Hidden Dangers in Your Food and Their Impact on Mental Health

In our fast-paced society, convenience often takes precedence over long-term health, leading to the widespread consumption of processed foods.

This blog delves into the hidden dangers lurking in everyday products and their implications for mental health. Specifically, we’ll explore the impact of common preservatives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) on our well-being.

The Rise of Convenience Foods

Our desire to save time has given large corporations the message that convenience is paramount. This has resulted in a surge of overly processed foods that are quick and easy to prepare. While these products may seem harmless, their long ingredient lists often contain chemicals that can be detrimental to our health.

The Hidden Dangers: BHA and BHT

BHA and BHT are chemicals frequently found in cosmetics, food, and food packaging. These compounds initially introduced to prevent fats from going rancid, are now pervasive in many products we consume daily. Both BHA and BHT are phenolic compounds derived from petroleum, used extensively as preservatives and antioxidants.  READ MORE

Health Concerns Associated with BHA and BHT

Research indicates that these petroleum-based antioxidants pose significant health risks, while some studies suggest low doses of BHA and BHT might have antioxidant benefits similar to vitamin E.

However, the majority of research points to their potential to cause cancer and other health issues. For instance, BHA has been shown to cause tumours in the forestomach of rats, a condition not directly applicable to humans but concerning nonetheless.

Additionally, these chemicals have been linked to skin issues, elevated cholesterol levels, DNA damage, endocrine disruption and interference with male sex hormones, potentially leading to certain cancers.

Impact on Mental Health

Beyond physical health, BHA and BHT can also affect mental well-being. Studies have shown that these chemicals can cause brain alterations in test animals, raising concerns about their impact on human mental health.

The link between diet and mental health is well-established, and consuming foods with harmful preservatives can exacerbate issues such as anxiety and depression. Maintaining a diet free from these chemicals can contribute to better mental health and overall well-being.

What Can You Do?

As a therapist and student in the Natural Nutrition program at the Institute of Natural Nutrition (IHN), I understand the critical connection between diet and mental health.

It is essential to be vigilant about the ingredients in the foods you consume. Choose whole, minimally processed foods and carefully read labels to avoid harmful preservatives like BHA and BHT. Taking these steps can significantly improve both your physical and mental health.

Ready to take control of your mental and physical health? Book an appointment with me today to start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Visit or call 709-214-6164 to schedule your session. Your well-being is worth it!

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