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BHA preservative linked to asthma

Asthma sufferers should look for BHA on ingredients labels. Butylate Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative that is used to keep food from changing colour, changing flavour, or becoming rancid.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (E320) is contained in meats, butter, chewing gums, nuts and dry mixes, snack foods, baked goods and sweets – many products that typically live in a household pantry. It is derived from petroleum and has been banned in many countries.

Asthma is just one of the many side effects which include depression, fatigue, headaches, insomnia and hyper-sensitivity. Carcinogenic and neurotoxic there isn’t a system within our precious body that is not impacted on by this chemical. Many people suffer an allergy to this preservative.

More research is required to truly establish the potential danger of this preservative but if you are in a high-risk group for asthma then forewarned is forearmed.

Stick to fresh, unprocessed foods – the best approach to symptom prevention is eating well.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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