Dr Oz: What is BHT?
Today Dr. Oz reveals the shocking truth about questionable ingredients found in the foods you eat every single day! Also, learn how to protect yourself from the dangerous ingredient found in your clothing.
Dr Oz: BHA Preservative Linked to Cancer
Dr. Oz says BHA and BHT are two of the most widely used food preservatives in the entire world because they prevent fat and oil from going bad while extending the shelf life of packaged foods, but at what cost? Dr. Oz shares studies that reveal a link between BHA and BHT to cancer in animals, so is it time for you to cut this dangerous food ingredient from your diet?
Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene says BHA and BHT are literally found in hundreds of items in the supermarket, from potato chips to baked goods and even your favorite cereal. Dr. Greene says that even though we are not yet sure if either preservative causes cancer in humans we should still be cautious about putting them into our bodies.
Dr. Oz says to make sure you read the labels of everything you buy at the grocery store and even though we are not sure about the effects BHA and BHT have on our long-term health he does not believe it is worth the risk. He suggests looking for foods that do not contain either ingredient on the label.
Dr Oz: Formaldehyde in Clothing?
Dr. Oz says there is another dangerous preservative you should be aware of because not only is formaldehyde used to preserve frogs for science experiments, but it is also being used in clothing. Lindsay Coulter, “Queen of Green”, explains formaldehyde is a water-soluble colorless gas and manufacturers use it in clothing and linens to prevent wrinkles. She says formaldehyde is toxic and a known carcinogen, which can lead to allergic reactions in many people.
Lindsay says the tricky thing is that formaldehyde is not a regulated chemical in the United States so you will not see it listed on a label, which means there is no way to know how much is actually in your clothing. Instead she says you might see the following, which are all red flags there is probably formaldehyde in your clothing.
- Stain Resistant
Fortunately the U.S. Textile Industry is listening to the concerns of consumers because they are committed to finding ways to reduce the levels of formaldehyde textiles. Dr. Oz says the best way to protect yourself is to always wash new clothes before wearing them for the first time.