Old El Paso


I recently looked at the ingredients list of Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Taco Shells and was shocked at what I saw listed.  One of the ingredients listed is TBHG as a preservative.  I researched TBHG and it is BUTANE!!

TBHQ is used in many foods, ranging from crackers to fast foods.  It is also found in certain brands of pet foods, as well as in cosmetic and baby skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins.  It is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds.  The risks and side-effects of this preservative product far outweigh the benefit of it being used as a highly unsafe preservative ingredient.  Something that is used with explosive compounds should not be in our bodies!!

Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ as it is more commonly referred to as, is in fact a chemical preservative which is a form of butane.  It is used in food to delay the onset of rancidness and greatly extends the storage life of foods.  It’s no wonder that certain fast foods and convenience foods seem to last a lifetime on the shelf these days.

The FDA allows amounts of up to 0.02% of the total oils in food to be TBHQ.  This may not sound like a lot, but it does tend to make one wonder why there needs to be a limit on the amount if it is apparently a ‘harmless additive.’  Mind you, anything which derives its origins from butane could hardly be classified as safe, no matter how small the dose.

Consuming high doses (between 1 and 4 grams) of TBHQ can cause nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vomiting.  There are also suggestions that it may lead to hyperactivity in children as well as asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis.  It may also further aggravate ADHD symptoms and cause restlessness.  Long term, high doses of TBHQ in laboratory animals have shown a tendency for them to develop cancerous precursors in their stomachs, as well as cause DNA damage to them.  It is also suggested that it may be responsible for affecting estrogen levels in women.

This seems to be quite an extensive list of side-effects for such a seemingly innocent preservative, although warning bells should immediately ring if the FDA has to impose apparent ‘safe’ limits on an additive.  Being they’re butane based, it may also be wise to take a few steps back from that barbecue flame while consuming your crackers.  Read labels and avoid this ingredient.

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2 Responses to Old El Paso

  1. thomas says:

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    • dianesgarza says:

      Awww….thank you so much, that really means a lot to me. For an industrialized country, the U.S. is among the sickest in the world and a lot of it directly relates it to our eating habits. I’m just trying to wake people up to what is really in our food so they can make informed choices. Whenever you have any questions, please feel free to write me. Nice hearing from you 🙂

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