Staying Away from BHT in Your Cereal

General Mills has finally decided to remove the antioxidant BHT from its cereals, and for good reason. While we've heard on numerous occasions that antioxidants are good for us, at times they can do the opposite effect.

Here's why:

Many of our favorite cereals have recently been sprinkled with a chemical known as BHT, a synthetic antioxidant that prevents vegetable oils from decaying. Yes, while we don't like seeing mold in our food, it doesn't mean we would prefer to have the food we ingest be modified.

The unfortunate thing is that BHT and preservatives don't stop at cereals (which, mind you, are mostly given to our children). Last year, Subway decided to remove a compound known as azodicarbonamide (a dough conditioner, if that's even a thing) from its bread after learning of its possible hazards.

Even more so, the FDA approved both given they are synthetic if not poison to our bodies. While most articles will show that BHT is not hazardous in smaller doses, what if you're thinking about having three bowls of cereal that day? Or your 4-year old daughter really likes Kellog's and refuses a healthy bowl of broccoli?

There are always more natural alternatives to preserving our foods like something called mixed tocopherols (derived from vitamin E) which are used in other cereals (owned by companies that perhaps care a little more about our lives and less about maximizing every penny).

The bottom line is that small differences like purchasing cereals that use mixed tocopherols vs. BHT or buying bread without all of that maltodextrin-- a corn or rice derivative that almost abusively spikes blood sugar levels-- can go a long way and it's all about making those small changes.