TBHQ from These Chemicals are Keeping Your Food Fresh (Slideshow)

These Chemicals are Keeping Your Food Fresh (Slideshow)

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TBHQ

TBHQ, or tert-Butylhydroquinone, is an antioxidant that preserves foods containing unsaturated vegetable oils or animal fats. It can be found in everything from Pop-Tarts to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to crackers and many varieties of fast food, and it’s been suggested that in high doses it may lead to hyperactivity and asthma in children. In order to reach a toxic dose, however you’d need to eat more than 11 pounds of chicken nuggets in one sitting.