BHT

Description

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), also known as dibutylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic organic compound, chemically a derivative of phenol, that is useful for its antioxidant properties.[better source needed] BHT is widely used to prevent free radical-mediated oxidation in fluids (e.g. fuels, oils) and other materials, and the regulations overseen by the U.S. F.D.A.—which considers BHT to be “generally recognized as safe”—allow small amounts to be added to foods. Despite this, and the earlier determination by the National Cancer Institute that BHT was noncarcinogenic in an animal model, societal concerns over its broad use have been expressed. BHT has also been promoted as an agent for health-related concerns, but as of March 2020, its promotion was not supported by relevant medical societies or by the secondary medical literature.

Technical information

CAS#

128-37-0

Formula

C15H24O