TBHQ: What Is It and Why Should You Avoid It?

The way to go when concerned about a product is to brace yourself and look through the ingredients. Suppose you’re reading the ingredients and you come across this on the list: TBHQ. Have you seen that before? I know I have! Nowadays, you’ll find it in everything from crackers to chips to fast foods.

So what exactly is TBHQ?

TBHQ is short for tertiary butylhydroquinone (and with a name that long we should wonder more about it). It is similar to butane, a lighter fluid. Would you really want to eat that? Well , I know I don’t, and neither should you! It’s used as a chemical to help preserve the life of foods. No wonder why convenient boxed foods have such long shelf lives these days!

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows only up to 0.02% of total oils in food to be of TBHQ. Now that might not sound like much, but an amount that small really leaves room for thought.

If a gram of TBHQ is consumed it may cause a bad reaction in the body, and about five grams at a time can be fatal. Known side effects include nausea, ringing in the ears, and vomiting. Yikes!





Let’s think of this. TBHQ is found in many items in your life other than food. Here is a list of just a few:

  • Varnishes
  • Lacquers
  • Hair and Skin Products
  • Paint Products

Now you need to ask yourself, “Do I really want this in my body?”. So this is why it’s important for us to be diligent and read labels!

I hope I’ve opened your eyes to the dangers of just one of the MANY chemicals in our foods.

OMG! What’s With These GMO’s?

I cannot stress enough the importance of avoiding GMO’s! These past few years people have started protesting, laws are being debated, and research shows health effects that shouldn’t be ignored. So what’s with all the fuss?

What exactly is a GMO? Why does it nowadays have so many scared?

A GMO is short for a “genetically modified organism”. In other words, we take an organism such as a plant and modify it in some way or shape. For example, if we took the genes of a fish and added them to a cow, what we would have in the future is some kind of mutant cow that behaves like a fish. Sounds kind of gross, doesn’t it? Although the whole fish and cow thing is unlikely, the example gives us an idea of what the process of a GMO is. This does not occur naturally and goes pretty much against the nature of food.

But what impact do GMO’s have on our health?

The short answer: No one really knows for sure! Genetically modified food hasn’t been around that long, and research conducted for long-term effects on humans is very limited. With this answer, we kind of have a problem, don’t we?




If you wish to take action right now, there’s some things that you can do. First, we must try to avoid GMO companies such as these. Secondly, avoid the certain foods whose crops are mostly modified. Consider this and you’ll be shocked:

  • About 88% of all corn is genetically modified (which is hard to get around considering that corn is in everything!)
  • 94% of all soy is modified
  • 90% of all canola oil is as well!




But we’ll talk about these things another time.

Places such as the Non-GMO project are here to help us make better choices. Just look for their symbol on a product.


If you wish to see what companies are without GMO’s, just consult this list of brands on their website.

Remember, it’s never too late to change your health!

Hello world!

Hi there! My name is Matthew, and I am a teenager with a passion for health! I was not always the healthiest I could have been. I made poor choices about what I was putting in my body. But with my past behind me, I am focused on living the healthiest life that I can live!


One of my goals in life is to help educate our younger generations as well as their caregivers on making better, cleaner food choices. You might be asking yourself, “Why would a teenager care so much about clean eating?”

Well… Considering that childhood obesity and diabetes is at such a rise, we need to take a stand and decide what path we choose to take. The power is in OUR hands to either do the right or wrong thing for our health. I want to show you that clean eating doesn’t necessarily mean there is extreme restrictions. I want to share with you some of my tips on clean eating, healthy products, and my favorite recipes tasty enough for even the pickiest of eaters! What I’m saying is that we need to work together as a team to educate ourselves on what is best for us for a brighter, cleaner future. Stop waiting around for our government, our teachers, the news, or our parents to tell us right from wrong. Let’s get out there and do this for ourselves!

I hope you will come back and follow me on this journey to great health!