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BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

  1. Sep 24, 2005 #1
    Can BHT (found in packaged foods like cereal) increase the risk for cancer?
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2005
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  3. Sep 26, 2005 #2


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    Studies have shown that BHT is neither mutagenic nor genotoxic, but may have some tumor promotion characteristics at high doses. Since these levels are not regularly achieved in the human diet, it looks like the general consensus is there is little to no risk of cancer, and it is also believed that the antioxidant properties of the chemical may actually be beneficial. Pubmed review.
  4. Sep 26, 2005 #3
    Why would it?

    I doubt it's a DNA interchalator.

    It's a radical trap, so that could even make it beneficial.
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