Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are made from petroleum. These additives act as preservatives to prevent food from becoming rancid and eliminating odors.
California is the only state that recognizes the US National Institute of Health report that BHA may be a cancer-causing agent.
BHA and BHT affects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior, and has potential to cause cancer. Both of these chemicals are oxidants which form reactive compounds in your body to form cancer.
Studies have shown that organic herbs and spices proved to be efficient at preventing oxidative decay in meat, which essentially could improve the shelf life of those products.
BHA and BHT are found in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy and jello.