#readthelabel – Spotlight Ingredient – BHA aka E320

#readthelabel – Spotlight Ingredient – BHA aka E320

If you are what you eat, there is a good chance you are Sodium Nitrate or BHA or Monosodium Glutamate and may be more! why? Well.. that’s what happens if you don’t “Read the label” on packaged food. #readthelabel

Most of us carve time out of a busy day for regular exercise. That’s only focusing calorie output. Why not give equal importance to the input. Eat what you know; Know what you eat!


Read the Label: Not all packaged foods are created equal!

Packaged food is popular because of its convenience. But not all packaged food is created equal. You just need to flip the package and read the list of ingredients. If you recognize each and every ingredient on the label eat it…if not, at least be curious and try to understand what you are putting in your body.

In this post – we are talking about one such ingredient to watch out for –


Spotlight Ingredient: BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) aka E320

Today’s highlight is on BHA or Butylated hydroxyanisole aka E320.  It is a lab-made chemical added to foods as a preservative. It is commonly found in foods such as biscuits, chewing gum, and even your breakfast cereal. You may not see the name BHA since it is often mentioned as E320. “It is a waxy solid used as a food additive with the E number E320. The primary use for BHA is as an antioxidant and preservative in food, food packaging, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber, and petroleum products,” says Wikipedia. Rubber and Petroleum products?! Why should my food have any relation with that!

While the US FDA has determined BHA and many other ingredients to be “generally recognized as safe, GRAS”, certain research studies suggest otherwise. I bet you were not thinking about cancer when you grabbed the biscuits this morning.

For more information, check out the references at the end of this post and just Google the term “food labels with BHA” and look at the images.

Bottom line, if you are focused on fitness – Eat what you know, Know what you eat. Easiest way to do it – Read the label!