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  • Tiyh

    I just want to know what should I eat? If one knows what to eat . One can follow a regimen. Also it has to be affordable, or there’s no point in reading this.

    • You want to eat organic food free of genetically modified ingredients. Get your produce from local farmers. Almost all fast food is GMO except Chiptole. Avoid seafood from the pacific or the gulf of mexico or the Mediterranean. Build a greenhouse and filter the water for your vegetables. .

      • Joan Camara

        Hey food chain, good to see you posting again…your right on with your comments!
        Panera Bread (if you have that in your town) has also gone organic…
        Everyone needs to learn about GMO’s, and the opposite of that evil thing….organics.

        I hate that the oceans, lakes, rivers, etc…have become so polluted all over the world, especially the Pacific, with that Fukushima situation….sad to see so much sea life dying there in the Pacific, and all over the world…these animals should be waking us all up, to what’s in the waters.
        I hate it, that I won’t be eating seafood anymore. I’m sure missing my crab legs!

        But luckily, there’s other things we can replace the omega’s with, than eating seafood…
        But anyway, yeah, filtering water is a smart thing to do, these days, especially city water! And eating only organic fruits and vegetables, or growning as much as those as you can….I, myself, take my organic fruits and vegetables, and get the seeds from them, and am now growing many of them I was buying. It’s so exciting to watch them grow….well that’s enough for now…keep up the good health, and spreading the word about what food companies are putting in the food in the grocery stores, Food Chain!

    • concernedmommy2

      buy meat from a local market or locker if possible. buy fresh fruits and vegetables and wash them. check labels, if you see an ingredient you dont recognize google it. if you are really concerned, try making your own bread and pasta and crackers. you can make homemade salad dressings. there are alot of recipes out there. but when buying convenience foods the label is your friend

      • Joan Camara

        All fruits and vegetables need to be organic, because the regular ones have been sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, and soo many chemicals! Or grow them yourself! If you go to your browser, and put “organics” in the search box, you can learn so much! Even the homemade dressing that “concernedmommy2” talked about, but put in “organic homemade dressing” in the search box, to make it the healthiest! If everyone would eat and drink as much organics as they can, they’d find themselves looking, and feeling like a million bucks….and put that chemical filled weight watcher and lean cousine freezer meal away, put all those lose weight pills away, because organics, clean food and drinks, will help you lose that weight, the easy way! I should know!

    • HighFructoseIsBadForYou

      Eat good. Have a balanced diet. Don’t eat foods with genetically modified food. Avoid preservatives like High Fructose Corn Syrup and TBHQ, BHT, Aspartame, and others. Corn Syrup is ok, but avoid HFCS. Eat fast food once a week, if you want to. Buy soda occiasionly, for me its 5 times a year. Don’t eat sugary foods and don’t eat food with alot of calories. Make sure to stay around 2,000 calories per day. Check Ingredients and Nurtrition Facts every time you buy something suspicious. Never get McDonalds. Take a healthier choice, like Tyson’s or Perdue. McDonalds’s milkshakes probably contain HFCS and it has 720 calories. Seriously? 720? You don’t need that much for a simple chocolate milkshake, nothing else. Never get Coca-Cola. Even if the box or bag says: NO PRESERVATIVES! or: ORGANIC!, always check the ingredient label too. They could lie. If a drink you buy says: No added sugar! Still check because once I checked the label on a drink that said that and I found HFCS and Aspartame, which are two sugar additives. Some people may say, “Diet Soda is a healthy choice if you want soda!” ITS NOT. Always wonder why it has 0-5 Calories? The preservatives in soda that make it have 0 calories. No Sugar? THERE STILL IS SUGAR!! Aspartame has 75% MORE SUGAR than regular sucrose (sugar). Thanks for reading if you got this far.

      • Joan Camara

        Awesome comment, highfructose…!

        You about got everything covered…but we need to tell people about the factory farmed animals! They all get hormone shots (to make them grow fatter…faster)…antibiotic shots (because they live in filth), and eat GMO grain (corn)….anyone want their bowl of ice cream now? Or that milkshake from mcdonalds? All dairy is bad, unless it’s organic! Learn how to make nut milks from watching Youtube! It’s simple, just find some organic nuts (almond is the best). Just eat and drink everything organic, and you’ll find yourself looking better, and feeling better….you won’t regret it. Even Walmart and Target are putting organics on their shelves. Find closeout sales in the organic section of your grocery store. If you have a Harris Teeter grocery store, they have organics, all through the store, or at least mine does. So eat and drink organics for your health! That’s all for now! Good comment again, highfructose….!

    • Joan Camara

      Eat and drink as much as you can afford….organics. You’ll soon notice that you’ll start looking, and feeling better. Promise!
      But study up on organic companies…some of them are in bed with Monsanto (the GMO monster).

  • Megan Davidson

    Orville Redenbacher’s microwave popcorn has TBHQ in it. That’s what brought me to this article!

  • Ava

    Townhouse Oven Baked Pita Crackers has TBHQ in it….

  • rosalynn r

    Ghirardelli chocolate squares have it

  • lol

    cherry pop tarts have it and I’m sure
    other flavors

    • HighFructoseIsBadForYou

      All flavors have TBHQ. Ever wonder why the inside of poptarts are so fresh? TBHQ is the answer. Your poptarts would be disgusting if TBHQ wasn’t in it. Don’t buy poptarts. They also have High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is also almost as worse as TBHQ. It can cause obesity, headaches, migraines, even serious conditions like diabetes. (Type 1 or Type 2)

    • chris

      poptarts also contain jello and jello has animal products in it such as cow or pig bones,skin ex. goolge or youtube how jello is made.may not be bad idk but it is crazy how things we never knew was added to food,but it does turn my stomach after learning whats added to our foods.

      • Joan Camara

        You know about GMO’s? Study up on that, and see that almost 95% of all corn crops grown in the US, are that.
        Look for “high fructose CORN syrup” in your loaf of bread, and almost everything at the grocery store.
        Know what they feed all factory farmed animals? GMO’s, along with giving them antibiotic shots (because they live in filth), and hormone shot’s (to make them grow bigger…faster). I could go on…but just change to eating and drinking as much organics as you can, and you’ll notice a big difference on how you look and feel. (Walmart and Target stores are even putting them on their shelves). Just look for the round circle on the front of the package, that says “USDA Organic”.

  • concernedmomy2

    i absolutely do not like the idea of tbhq being anywhere near food, that being said, i have done alot of reading on tbhq, and it is not actually butane, it is a compound that contains a butyl group, which is also naturally occuring in butter. i do not believe that that makes it safe however. the fda says that it is safe in small amounts. to reach a lethal dose of tbhq from eating mcnuggets a person would have to consume 312 nuggets in one meal. im not sure how many nuggets you would need to eat in order to get nauseous or dizzy or have ringing in the ears, and quite frankly i dont want to find out. i will say that i know from experience that about 1 cup of cheezit crackers was enough to make me feel light headed and give me some serious heartburn on more than one occasion. thats actually what got me to look into tbhq was that after eating these crackers and experiencing the same symptoms on several occasions i decided to check the label. tbhq was the only one on the ingredient list that i hadnt seen before on any of the other food in my home. there is alot of controversy surrounding this additive. while i deffinitely am against it being used in food, i would like it if people would do some serious research on it before just spouting off on it. it is not butane. to say that just makes you sound dumb and people who know better and have an agenda to push will use it against you. so just stick with the facts. certainly i think that anything toxic should not be in food. my advice to those who dont know what to eat due to all the food additives, buy fresh meat from a local market, or locker, or direct from farmer if possible, buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and remember to wash them before you eat them, check labels, if you are extremely concerned you can make your own bread and crackers. Cheese nips made by nabisco do not contain tbhq and i have had to adverse affect to those. i would say it is something that should be further investigated and more research done on it. i dont think there is near enough info available. some say its horrible and some say its wonderful bc its an antioxidant and prevents spoiling. i would read the good and the bad.

    • CPinSL

      Nicely put. So many ingredients have other, non-food uses, but that does not mean you’re eating a toxic ingredient. I don’t think that TBHQ is necessarily the best thing to be eating, but you hit the nail on the head. Think before you eat, look for fresh, and RESEARCH beyond sites like this one.

      To those who don’t believe what concernedmomy2 posted, read on. Just as an outlandish example, try these on for size:

      Iron and magnesium are used to make cars and other industrial goods. They are included in many foods as “vitamins and minerals.”

      Citric acid is found in cleaning products. It also comes from oranges, grapefruit, and other fruits.

      Calcium carbonate is chalk. It’s also antacid.

      Flour is used as a release agent during some foundry molding processes and also used to make bread.

      Carbon is found in petroleum products. It’s also found in virtually all foods.

      Water is used to make liquid soap, antifreeze, and is found in urine. We all know that water is necessary for life. The point being that just because something is used for non-food does
      not make it bad. It’s the overexposure to something that can be toxic. Even too much water can be toxic.

    • Jean

      My son was getting headaches almost daily and migraines once or twice a week. I researched the ingredients in what he was eating and eliminated the TBHQ, BHA and BHT. It has been almost a year since he has had a migraine. He rarely gets headaches now and his pulmonary doctor has taken him off of his daily asthma medication.

      • Abigail Egan

        We were also able to go off asthma meds when elimintating petrochemicals

        • Joan Camara

          Now research “GMO’s”, because this is in most everything you eat, and sometimes drink. And if you do research it, and wonder what to do, here is the solution. Research “organic”, and start buying as much food and drinks as you can, that have the round circle in the front, with the “USDA Organic” on it. Have a healthy life!

    • Thomas Darden

      Butter is a product of milk, so why not say naturally occurring in milk/cows…

    • Joan Camara

      “certainly i think that anything toxic should not be in food.”….if you only knew all the chemicals they put in all foods, you’d be amazed. Your fruits and vegetables are sprayed with a concoction of many chemicals, your loaf of bread probably has “high fructose CORN syrup” in the ingredients, but just because about 95% of all corn crops grown in the US, are GMO, that shouldn’t worry you, and as you look at the ingredients of almost everything you buy in the grocery store, has this ingredient, along with many other chemicals, you can’t even pronounce, that shouldn’t be of any concern. If you ever see this sentence somewhere, you ought to pay attention to it…”If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”!! Start buying everything you eat and drink as organic, and you might live longer! Especially diary and meat, as all factory farmed animals are given GMO corn, or grains (not healthy grass), to eat, and get two shots, one being a hormone shot (makes them grow fatter…faster), and the other being an antibiotic shot (because they live in filth). Have a good life!

  • The voice of reason

    Pam cooking spray, no surprise it’s on the list. Ever notice that fishy taste to your baked goods when the can starts getting low? That’s the butane propellants. The simple solution? Use plain-‘ol fashioned butter. What?! Butter is bad, right? It’s natural though. Your body knows what to do with it.
    What would you rather have: a few extra calories, or some cancer mixed with potential mental disorders?

    • Shana

      Your so right! Butter is actually Good for you though! Its a SUPER FOOD! Listen to dead doctors dont lie by Dr. Joe Wallach on you tube or google him. Butter makes you lose weight. And it has vitamin a,d,k and all 3 fatty acids. We only use amish homemade butter with no preservatives.

      • jesse

        yea I know my grandpa founded a health magazine called Alive and said butter was much better for you that that margarine crap. Cannot believe people still think margarine is better for you. I use butter to cook most of my foods and eat 3 eggs a day. I have no health issues people need to learn whats good for you and not just listen to crap on tv.

        • Joan Camara

          Yes, I’ve heard that butter is way better than margarine, but if you ever studied about factory farmed animals that are fed GMO’s, and what shots these factory farmed animals are getting these days, you’d be running to the store for “organic” butter!

      • Thomas Darden

        Yes, even better is to get “grass fed” butter because then you know that the cows are eating what they are meant to eat. Hay and corn makes cows sick resulting in being treated with antibiotics.

        • Mary Apfel-vandeyacht

          Hay is grass….dried grass…no, not the same fescue or bluegrass as your lawn, but that has very lityle good stuff for livestock. Timothy, alfalfa, etc are good quality grasses we dry into hay to feed livestock. Afding clover etc can boost other nutrients..and you cant have fresh pasture fed grass eating cows 24/7. That thing we call winter happens. And goof hay is full of nutrition and good stuff. Corn does NOT make cows sick. Growing up in dairy country, and being a successful horse trainer, and taking classes on livestock nutrition has taught me well. Aimlessly reading bs on the internet has failed you.

          • Andy Small

            Corn literally makes cows sick. Your dairy country indoctrination has failed you…

          • Joan Camara

            Almost 95% of all corn grown in the US is GMO. I’ve seen videos on youtube of what gmo’s do inside a cows “stomach”….it’s not pretty! All factory farmed animals are fed gmo’s, and get hormone shots (to make them grow bigger..faster, and then antibiotic shots (because they live in filth). Mary needs to realize they wont teach students about what their doing to factory farmed animals! All schools keep students dumbed down…

          • Joan Camara

            About 95% of all corn grown in the USA is GMO! You need to get caught up on what is happening today with factory farmed animals. They are shot up with antibiotic, and hormone shots, and fed GMO grain.
            Your diary you eat and drink, should be organic, and the meat package should say that the animals it came from, were not given these two shots, and are grass fed. Get with the changing times, and learn what’s been happening to our food system!
            Your school won’t tell you the truth, they keep you dumbed down…

        • Joan Camara

          All factory farmed animals are shot up with hormones, antibiotics, and are fed GMO grain. Eat and drink only organics! All meat should say that the animal was grassfed, with none of those shots. All dairy (ice cream, sour cream, cheese, milk, butter, etc) should have a circle on the front, with the words “USDA Organic on it. All vegetables and fruits should be bough organic, otherwise they’ve been sprayed with tons of chemicals.

      • Danny Gordon

        Absolutely right!. We take it a step further though and only use organic raw butter made from grass-fed cows. It’s an import from Ireland.

        • Joan Camara

          Good job! Everything people eat and drink, should be organic, or as much as they can afford. So many people are learning about organics, and wanting them so much, that even Walmart, and Target, are getting onboard, and putting them on their shelves. Some grocery stores have their own organic section. My Harris Teeter grocery store, has organics all through the store!

      • Joan Camara

        All factory farmed animals are shot up with hormones, antibiotics, and are fed GMO grain. I hope the Amish butter you buy, has the round circle with “USDA Organic” on it!

  • l

    Also McDonalds french fries have TBHQ… it says so on I never knew that so many companies want to kill us… D:

    • Joan Camara

      You know about how 95% of all corn crops grown in the US are GMO? And how the ingredient “high fructose CORN syrup”, is in most everything at the grocery stores? Most every loaf of bread has it in there. Check the labels.
      How bout all factory farmed animals are given hormone shots (to make them grow fatter…faster), antibiotic shots (because they live in filth), and are fed GMO corn? Would like your bowl of ice cream now? All diary should be organic, and meat packages should say it’s from grass fed cows, with no antibiotic or hormone shots!
      Did you know that all the vegetables and fruits are sprayed with numerous chemicals, herbicides, pesticides? I buy all mine organic.
      I could go on…but that’s just the tip of how their trying to make us all sick…to feed the pharmaceutical companies, and make bigger hospitals!

  • carol

    spelling error for article on TBHQ — “….retailer for that matter! Best word of advise is read the ingredients list….” the spelling should be ADVICE – not advise

  • Cami

    I’ve been eating and loving McDonald’s french fries since I was a kid, but no more! And to think that TBHQ is not only IN its fries, but is also sprayed on the cartons too?! Now that’s just too much!! Buh-bye McDonald’s!!

    • Joan Camara

      That’s the best thing anyone can do for their health, stay away from all fast food, unless it’s a place like Panera Bread, who’s turning over all their foods to organic!

  • Trudy

    I’m curious after reading a pop tart label whether or not some or all Palm oils contains TBHQ and if there is another word to look for on labels that is not as obvious to the consumer like partially hydrogenated oils/ transfats. Pop tart Labels read palm oil (with TBHQ for freshness) while pepperidge farm cookies list no preservatives but comment vegtable oil (palm). If I choose to avoid TBHQ while pregnant can I assume Pepperidge farm products are a good choice for junk food in moderation.

    • Abigail Egan

      No Pepperidge farm products sprat alll their packaging with petrochemical preservatives. …yet another labeling loop hole!

      • Joan Camara

        Yup, tons of chemicals that you can’t even pronounce, are in most all foods, not just the packages…

  • PhantomOfThaWorld

    Reeses Peanut Butter Cups has TBHQ in them

  • Head ache no more

    Omg. I just discovered the cause of my agonizing migraines, TBHQ! It’s the only correlation I could come up with. I get them the day after eating Act II microwave popcorn. I have been suffering and taking crazily prescriptions that don’t work. I just need to stop eating this terrible stuff. I am going to stop feeding it to my children. My youngest eats a bag of popcorn 3 nights a week at least. He has a runny nose and diarrhea all the time and struggles with ADHD. I have to read all the labels now. They need to get rid of this crap. How can it be allowed in food.

    • Yeah be good to quit the popcorn. It’s a quadruple whammy of bad ingredients. Tbhq, genetically modified corn, Monsanto pesticide glysophate, plus pop corn gets lodged in the digestive tract so your body wont digest this properly and those bad ingredients stick around a lot longer doing more damage. Whenever I eat popcorn I feel pain on my left side of stomach the day after.

      • Joan Camara

        Thank you, food chain….finally someone knows about GMO’s! I’ve been trying to spread the word, myself, for people to learn about this subject, and eat and drink more Organics.

    • Joan Camara

      You need to learn that microwaving is radiating everything you cook in that. It’s bad enough all the chemicals that are in all microwave popcorns, not just TBHQ. Find organic popcorn, so much healthier!

  • David

    Wish there were sources listed for the facts here.

  • Peggy Morsch

    After learning of TBHQ in The Food Revolution Summit, I found it in the small, individually wrapped, square chocolates produced by Ghirardelli. Disappointed!

    • Joan Camara

      Find out how much GMO is in most everything you eat…and then find out that about 95% of the corn grown in the US, is GMO. So, look at how many products have “high fructose CORN syrup” in them. You’ll be surprised.

  • Janko Hraško Tuzexový Zboží

    Sunshine’s Cheez- It has it.

  • Tristan Dietrich

    Ever bbq’d food before? If you have you better stop if scared of products made from petroleum. Our bodies are built on carbon sources… Petroleum is a carbon source. Not saying it is all healthy for you as I would not want toluene or xylene anywhere near me. For the record, McD holds the highest standards for there french fries and quality and safety are number 1. Salt is there preservative and the oils are all top quality.

    • Joan Camara


    • KP

      Md’s french fries contain 19 ingredients. I can think of 3; potatoes, salt, and oil, please name the other 16…

  • juan

    You need and editor/proofreader. Your article is full of misspellings.

    • Roger Frey

      So do you Juan!

  • Jillian

    Bumblebee Chicken Salad on the Run. The crackers contain TBHQ

    • Joan Camara

      All factory farmed animals have been shot up with antibiotics (because they live in filth), and hormones (to make them grow fatter…faster), and then fed GMO grain (corn). Now you sure you want that chicken?

  • KevinJ

    I haven’t read other posts on this discussion yet, but are you aware tBHQ is also believed to be responsible for the explosion in food allergies? Great article here:

    • Joan Camara

      Study up on GMO’s, and then find it in pretty much everything you eat.

  • Republicans to the rescue

    Can anyone post the scientific evidence that proves anything you’re saying?

  • Danny Gordon

    Snickers brand Peanut butter squared and Peanut butter Egg contain TBHQ

  • Danny Gordon

    I just spoke with McDonalds, I was told that their new chicken nuggets which they claim to be free of artificial preservatives, does not contain TBHQ in the the nugget itself, but the oil it’s cooked in contains TBHQ.It turns out the buttermilk biscuit is also cooked in this oil which contains TBHQ.

  • Danielle

    Kellogs blueberry pastry crisps have TBHQ and oatmeal raisin crisp had BHT or BHA i can’t remember

  • DR

    I’m looking at a box of cheeses its. I don’t see this ingredient. Is it under another name ?

    • terry james Monroe

      Its in parenthesis after the oils ( its preserves the palm oils as well as others)

  • Larry Beaver

    You have no understanding of chemistry.

  • Gail Bisbey

    I just found that it’s in the Orville Reddenbacher Gourmet Butter popping corn.

    • Joan Camara

      That corn is more than likely GMO too. About 95% of all corn crops grown in the US, is that. If you don’t know what that is, you ought to research it. It’s in most everything you eat. Then go find popping corn as “organic”. Then change everything you eat and drink, to that, or as much as you can.

  • Dave

    UTZ potato chips also has TBHQ in it ?

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