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Mothers, tell your children to read the labels of the food they like to buy.

One short and sweet example: read the label of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

If you go on the Hershey’s website, “nutritional information” is provided, but nowhere can you find the ingredients! You must find the wrapper to get that information. The list is less than attractive.

Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, nonfat milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, and PGPR [Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, an emulsifier]), peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, and TBHQ [tert-Butylhydroquinone, a preservative].

PGPR, SOY LECITHIN, and TBHQ? What in the world?

Let’s look at just one ingredient today – TBHQ.

Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone is a petroleum byproduct (think: “butane” as in lighter fluid) used as a food preservative. It is frequently added to products in the United States to preserve food cheaply.

Industrially TBHQ is used as a stabilizer and it helps in the inhibition of autopolymerization of organic peroxides. In biodiesel it is used to inhibit corrosion. It is used as a fixative and lowers the rate of evaporation and improves stability in perfumes. TBHQ is also used as an additive in resins, lacquers, varnishes and oil field additives.

“Just a little won’t hurt.” While Europe has decided to ban TBHQ from its foods, the FDA says that the limit in our food should be 0.02% to be safe. Is anyone truly keeping an eye on the amount of TBHQ put in all Chicken McNuggets or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Cheez-Its? Remember, in the U.S., usually more is better!

The FDA originally approved TBHQ for use in food in 1972, but it was only gradually introduced into our foods over the years.

Mothers, look over this list of foods containing TBHQ. Consider whether you really want your child to be a human guinea pig for the world since so many other countries have banned the chemical in food.

This list is not a complete list.

Mothers, tell your children to read the labels. Schools do not test for this skill.

Then buy organic whenever you can.

• Mcdonalds chicken nuggets and french fries have TBHQ
• Red Robin fast food chain also uses TBHQ in cooking oil
• CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kelloggs have TBHQ
• Butterfinger chocolate and Reese's Peanut butter cups have TBHQ
• Nestle Crunch has TBHQ
• Wheat Thins contain TBHQ
• Many brands of Microwave popcorn have TBHQ
• Pam cooking spray has TBHQ
• Aldi products have TBHQ
• Keebler Club crackers contain TBHQ
• Kellogs eggo frozen waffles and many other Kellogg products
• Taco bell beans and some taco shells have TBHQ
• Teddy Grahams have TBHQ
• Red Barron frozen pizza has TBHQ
• Keebler Cookies has TBHQ
• TastyKake has TBHQ
• Little Debbie has TBHQ
• Kellog's Pop-Tarts - TBHQ
• Girl scout cookies contain TBHQ? Not all of them so check before buying
• Homestyle Peanut butter cookies has TBHQ
• Some forms of soymilk have TBHQ
• Different breads cereals and crackers could contain TBHQ
• Crisco oil contains TBHQ also many restaurants use TBHQ when they deep fry. Check the oil ingredients before buying it.
• Some pet foods have TBHQ in them.
• Many cosmetic products and baby products have TBHQ
• Lacquers, resins and varnish contain TBHQ. Your baby crib that your baby maybe putting his mouth on could contain TBHQ.
• Some hair dyes lipsticks and eyeshadows contain TBHQ
• Some peanut butter products contain TBHQ
• Olive Garden croutons have TBHQ
• Maruchan soup and Ramen noodles have TBHQ
• Wrigley's gum has TBHQ
• Little Debbies nutty bars and some M&M products have TBHQ
• KFC beans and fried chicken contain TBHQ

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