Less is More -Strip Down & Cheer Up!

Calvin Klein models have made simple look sexy since the 90s. It’s easy for them, they’re Calvin Klein models. As someone who is not a model, I struggle with simple. When my cover up isn’t covering enough, I’m tempted to add another layer. If I feel a little flabby I throw on a sweater – problem solved. At the same time I can’t help but feel weighed down by those layers, like stripping down would make me feel lighter and a bit more cheerful and carefree; the same way that I feel when I help someone.


 

Although I’m not ready to clear out my shoe collection or throw away my cover up just yet, I have found some ways to Go-Nayked and give back at the same time:

1. Detoxify
If we strip away the toxins in our body, you will feel revitalized, but detox programs are challenging. In the spirit of simplicity, detoxification without a strict program is necessary and the simplest way to reduce toxic build up is to avoid exposure to chemicals. Long-term exposure to the chemicals found in many cosmetics for example, is associated with cancer and hormone disruption. At Go-Nayked we can reduce the burden on our bodies by purchasing cosmetics that are free of toxins, while supporting companies that truly care about their customers’ health.

2. Declutter
We’re all guilty of holding on to clothes that we no longer wear, whether it’s a favorite jacket that’s gone out of style, or our favorite pair of skinny jeans that are meant to motivate us but really just make us feel fat. It’s time to let go of the junk and embrace who we are in this moment. Donate those skinny jeans to someone who needs them and buy a new pair that fit well and look good. Take a cue from Emma Watson and purchase your new pair of jeans from a socially responsible, sustainable fashion designer, and you will look and feel like a million bucks.

3. Destress
Mental clutter leads to stress, and it can even be dangerous. I once rear-ended someone when I was going through my to-do list in my head while driving. Since then I’ve taken up meditation and yoga which help me destress. Organizing my life and eliminating unnecessary tasks has also made a huge difference in my mental state. I started at Go-Nayked, where I buy all of my health and beauty products in one place. It feels good to know that the products are safe and good for the environment. The best part is that the products are delivered to me so I don’t even have to leave the house. With the extra time, I like to strip down and take a nice relaxing bath.

 

I still have a long way to go but I feel lighter already. Going Nayked has taught me that less really is more, and that’s a good thing because simplicity never goes out of style!

The Government is Finally Coming Around…ish

For the first time since the 1930s, the US government has decided to update the regulations that govern the FDA’s authority over personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act (PCPA) was introduced last spring; this act is kind of a big deal because it’s a bipartisan bill. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking “a bi-pardon-me-what-now?”


Law and politics; bear with me for a moment

Ugh legalese, nothing puts me to sleep faster. Alas, this is a highly relevant and controversial bill and it’s important to start a dialogue about it in our GO NAYKED community. Fortunately, it’s not all that complicated. ‘Bipartisan’ simply means that two major political parties (who rarely agree on anything) have agreed on this bill. A rare and wonderful event indeed! Yet, this bill still has a long way to go before it becomes a law; I’m not sure why, something about the senate or the chamber, voting, yada, yada, politics. More importantly, let’s talk about what will happen if and when it does pass.

The Good…

The first thing that this act will do is reverse coal tar’s protected status, allowing the FDA to ban hair dyes that contain this toxic ingredient (read more about coal tar in hair dye here). Right now hair dye boxes are only required to show a warning label if they contain coal tar, which is basically useless if you get your hair coloured at a salon. This change would certainly constitute a win for the non-toxic product movement. The PCPA would also require personal care products that are sold on the internet to include the same labelling as products sold in retail stores. This is good news since nearly 40% of personal care products are purchased over the internet. These are changes that GO NAYKED can get behind!

The Meh…

This bill will give the FDA the authority to issue mandatory recalls of unsafe products and companies will be required to report adverse events. But most companies voluntary comply with recalls and adverse event reporting anyways, because they would lose customers if they didn’t. The PCPA will also require the FDA to review the safety of five chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products each year. This is great, but the Cosmetic Ingredient Review is already doing that in consultation with the FDA, so it’s not clear how this will make any difference. In my humble opinion, these supposedly major changes are a step in the right direction; they just aren’t very awe-inspiring.

And the Ugly

This act apparently calls for more stringent labelling; it requires manufacturers to provide contact information on their labels, and warnings on products that are not suitable for vulnerable populations. I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds like an attempt to placate consumers and advocacy groups rather than to evoke real change. What we really need are regulations around the use of terms like ‘organic’ and ‘natural’. At the very least, the government needs to set a standard for the safety of ingredients used in fragrances and flavours, as corporations have been hiding toxins behind these labels for far too long.

Ultimately, our staff at GO-NAYKED are glad the US government is making strides to regulate the personal care product industry. But when it comes to product labelling, we think they can do a whole lot better. What do you think?  Let us know in the comments section below, and continue to protect yourself by shopping for safe personal care products at our marketplace.

EOS Lip Balm – A Tale in Natural Reactions

One of the hottest products in skincare is EOS “Evolution of Smooth” lip balm. Very popular and trendy with spokespeople like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears the brand has used clever marketing and packaging to sell millions of lip balm containers in recent years. Being so popular the brand has recently been hit with some seriously bad publicity following a  lawsuit alleging the product caused severe skin irritation to users mouths.


 

As reported by TMZ the lip balm alleged caused reactions on users lips and surrounding skin.

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The lawsuit seeks class action status. Without delving into the case itself we at Go-Nayked.com believe this is a perfect example of the mantra we have been preaching for a while. Just because something is advertised as natural or organic does not necessarily mean it is good for you. CNBC, also reporting on this story, had the following:

“Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. Anthrax is natural but not safe,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Organic refers to food—not skin care products—and no agency regulates whether beauty products are organic, he said.”

Poison Ivy is the perfect example of a natural and organic product that you do not want rubbing on your skin! While EOS is not using Poison Ivy in its products it is using ingredients that could potentially be irritating to some; sell enough of it and someone somewhere will have issues.

How to Deal with Problems

It starts with the stuff inside… the ingredients. Read the label and understand what is on the inside. Surprisingly the push towards more natural and organic products is causing more reactions in people. Suddenly product manufacturers trying to get a leg up on the competition are including ingredients that until now have not been used in wide circulation.

Become the Guinea Pig

We hate to point it out but you are forced in some cases to become the tester of the products. In skin care, unlike food, the laws are a bit looser allowing companies to stretch the boundaries of what they included. For the vast majority this is not a big deal but in the off chance you are sensitive to the product you sure will find out soon enough.

How to Recognize Problems Early

At Go-Nayked.com we do a lot of research about every product we list in our store. If there is a history of reported problems we will research the problems further, see if it has been rectified, or make a note on the product description about the potential issue. Whenever you begin using a new product, whether natural or not, use care the first few times to apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area of your body. Just like an allergy test at the doctor the best spot for cosmetics is to apply a small dab to the inside of your fore-arm.

Go-Nayked.com has yet to add any EOS products to our products list. What do you think about that? We do have a number of approved lip balms listed and invite you to give those products a try. In the world of natural and organic you need to be careful, use common sense, and test any new products to make sure you do not react to them. Go-Nayked.com is your ace in the hole helping you find great products from great companies.

Have you had any negative side effects from natural or organic products? We want to hear from you in the comment section below.

Toxins in Small Doses are Still Toxins

Does Small Equal Safe?


 

During our fight to rid the personal products market of toxins, one opposing argument keeps popping up over and over again. Even though companies admit that their products contain toxins, they argue that the amounts of toxins in their products are too small to cause any damage. ‘Small is safe’ seems to be the motto of the personal care and cosmetics industries. This argument isn’t about evil companies trying to pull the wool over our eyes; in fact, their argument is backed by evidence. Many studies have shown that small amounts of toxins are not bad for us. Unfortunately, these studies have failed to observe the long-term effects of exposure and they investigate each chemical in isolation. This kind of important information is often lost in translation between scientific reports and the mainstream media. That is why our staff members at GO-NAYKED.com are working hard to translate the latest evidence for you!

I’ve seen the Proof; Now I’m a mean Belieber… I mean believer

Does anyone else have Bieber brain right now? I can’t help but notice how Parabens (found in many personal care products) are kind of similar to Justin Bieber. I’m not saying that the Biebs is toxic (I’m a fan). It’s just that, like Bieber, parabens elicit fervent responses from people who either love them and avidly defend them, or hate them and want them eliminated from the face of the earth. Haters worry because they are a well-known hormone disrupter with links to breast cancer. Advocates love them because they work as preservatives, keeping bacteria away; they say that we should ignore these scare tactics, since the small amounts of parabens in our products can’t possibly harm us. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

I hate to be a hater but . . .

In light of recent evidence, I’m going to have to join the hater camp. The purpose of science is to isolate, control, and predict. Yet, in real life nothing occurs in isolation and conditions cannot be controlled; the chemicals that we are exposed to interact with other chemicals, nutrients, and enzymes in our bodies. With this concept in mind, researchers recently studied the combined effects of parabens and heregulin, which is naturally produced in breast cells. They found that in the presence of heregulin, parabens turned on cancer genes, even at low doses. Yikes! Clearly these parabens are more potent than we thought. While this is scary, it’s a huge breakthrough for advocates of natural products like us. Corporations will not be able to hide behind their ‘small is safe’ argument for much longer.

But, it takes a long time for legislation to catch up with the media and parabens are only one of many known toxins used in personal care products. In the meantime you can keep you and your family safe by shopping at our marketplace where we screen all of our products to make sure there are no toxins – not even in small amounts!

Chronobiology – Your Skin Has a Daily Cycle

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


The majority of life on earth is inherently affected by the sun. The rotation of the Earth gives us 24 hour days, it’s rotation around the sun gives us a year and day and night are the normal consequences of planetary revolution.

It is no wonder that our bodies are harmoniously in coherence with the endless cycles of days and nights. We usually refer to this phenomenon as our biorhythm and our metabolism, hormone production and brain function are all run by the ‘body clock’.

As can be expected our skin also has a biorhythm. Observing and making use of skin biorhythm is very important when it comes to skin care. One has to know when to use what kind of cosmetic product in order to enhance the processes the skin regularly goes through on a daily basis. If you can nail down your skin’s biorhythm, you can achieve outstanding skin treatment results using the same cosmetic products that you were using up till now. There are also some tricks to choose better cosmetics products based upon the skin phase.

Skin has a 24 hour recurring cycle. During this time, skin tissue naturally goes through several different phases. When the sun is up, our skin has evolved to deal with several threats, such as cold temperature or extreme sunlight. In modern times, skin defense takes into consideration air pollution as well. On the other hand, when the sun is down, skin doesn’t have to protect itself from the environmental elements and has time to recuperate and regenerate.

Research has found that the division of skin cells is most active at night (roughly between midnight and 1 AM) and it’s least active during the day (roughly between noon and 1 PM). In addition, the blood flow to skin was found to be highest between 11 PM and 4 AM. This is a clear indication that during night time the skin is being super fueled with rich nutrients in the blood. On the other hand, the increased blood flow also cleanses the skin of toxins that were created as bye products during the day.

The studies also suggested that the transition between day and night is governed by a process that enhances skin shedding. This process is most intense between 7 PM and 11 PM. This information is very useful; the face creams applied during this part of the day will have minimal effect because skin is in the process of shredding and everything on it (like your very expensive cream) will just fall down your face.

The findings have created a roadmap for skin care. With cosmetic skin products we want to enhance skin protection during the day and speed-up the regeneration processes during the night. This cycle will dictate how you should use various products. For example, all night creams are designed to help your skin recuperate faster. Applying them during the day will have little or no effect because that’s when skin needs protection, not regeneration.

Here at Go-Nayked.com we have a marketplace full of high quality skin products. Going through the products, try to think about what you will use the cream or lotion for. If you use it for skin protection, make sure you apply it during the day. If you want to use it for skin regeneration, apply it after 11 PM.

Having this rational approach to usage of cosmetics products will bring your skin care skills to a completely new level and you’ll experience the full benefits of every cosmetics product you buy. Much like the world that spins around the sub your skin care regime will follow a distinct cycle.

Break Out Your Happy Dance: Microbeads are Banned!

Microbeads are the tiny, abrasive balls that you may have in noticed in your toothpaste or exfoliant. These plastic balls are too small for water filters to remove and nineteen tonnes of them are dumped down drains each year in New York alone!


 

They’re polluting our water ways and blocking the digestive system’s of the turtles, seabirds, fish, and invertebrates who are consuming them. If you enjoy dining on mussels or fish, there’s a good chance you’ve been consuming them too. Though the microbeads themselves are not toxic, they accumulate in the environment and absorb toxic chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are linked to harmful effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. First mercury in tuna, then radiation from Fukushima, now plastic and PCBs; as an avid seafood lover, I’m as disappointed as you are.

So…why are we doing a happy dance?

At GO-NAYKED, we’re well aware of the negative effects that many personal care products have on our health and the environment. But, instead of dwelling on the damage that has been done, we’re choosing to focus on how we can make a difference. If we don’t celebrate the small victories along the way then we might lose the mojo that we need to keep fighting and when it comes to microbeads, a happy dance is in order.

Through consumer driven change agents like ‘beatthemicrobead.org’, ‘the story of stuff project’, ‘change.org’, ‘citizenscampaign.org’, and many more, our voices have been heard. The US federal government has finally passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act, banning microbeads and their biodegradable plastic alternatives. The best part: it’s not just the government that’s listening to us; big businesses like Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oreal, The Body Shop, and Loblaws have realized that they need to meet the demands of their consumers and are voluntarily phasing microbeads out of their products. That my friends, is a true victory! So dance with a friend, dance alone, you can even dance Nayked, because the personal care industry is about to get a little bit greener and a little bit safer.

Don’t Lose Your Mojo

The micro-bead phase-out will begin in July 2017 and the full ban will take effect in January 2018; we can keep the momentum going in the meantime by refusing to use products that contain microbeads. To see if your products contain plastic, check the list of ingredients in your cosmetics, sunscreen, body wash, toothpaste, skincare, and household cleaning products for polyethylene or polypropylene.

You can also fight for change by joining consumer driven campaigns like those mentioned above and refusing buy toxic products. Check out our blacklist to see which ingredients you should avoid and support companies who refuse to use toxins in their products by shopping at GO-Nayked.com. We’ll do our part to keep you dancing, by providing updates about positive changes in the industry that you can share with your family and friends.

Natural Deodorant that Works

You know what is great about being a kid? Yes all the normal live free, play all day, and make games out of everything kid life but you need to think a bit more obvious. The best thing about being a kid is not stinking! Kids don’t have the stinky armpits. They can run, play all day, dig in the dirt and mud, and still at the end of the day smell like sweet little roses. Unfortunately as adults… we stink… but there are solutions.


 

Solution 1 – Go Hippie

One of the great, or not so great, things about being a true bonafide hippie is that you believe your natural scent is there for all to enjoy. You don’t need, want, nor wear deodorant or perfumes. Your natural scent will do the talking and as long as your meals are pure and your life low stress you can maintain a sweet smell. Some folks can actually pull this one off!

Solution 2 – Hit the Normal Store

For me it was junior high when my dad had to have the “talk”. After a long day of school and gym I came home and apparently didn’t smell as sweet as a hippie. He pulled me aside, handed me a tube of Old Spice and said this is deodorant; you rub it on your pits and your parents, friends, and importantly girls will not want to flee your smell. What dad didn’t think about and probably was unaware of were the crazy chemicals found in that bar of deodorant.

Regular Deodorant Ingredients = Bad

One of the primary ingredients used in all deodorants is Aluminum. The metal is intended to physically block sweat by plugging the pores. It has also been linked to increased breast cancer and potential Alzheimer’s risks. Another toxic ingredient, covered by Marko in detail here, are Parabens. These are simply bad and have huge potential risks to humans.

Deodorants also can contain propylene glycol a petroleum based product, Phthalates, and Triclosan – a freaking pesticide!

To reiterate you now have the choice of smelling like a hippie OR poisoning yourself… what to do?

Solution 3 – Go-Nayked

Honest Deodorant and a few other companies found in our marketplace are producing deodorants using natural ingredients devoid of the harmful chemicals. They even avoid the natural versions of the harmful chemicals and produce a deodorant that keeps you dry and smelling great.

Users have commented that these products work surprisingly well with a few caveats about application and length of stay. It is recommended that you apply and allow to dry before wearing a shirt and that you touch up the application every 10 hours or so. In the end just like regular deodorants there will be a learning curve to find the right product for your body type.

So now you can smell sweet as a kid without poisoning your body with harmful chemicals. That is worth the effort… isn’t it?

Are Your Cosmetics & Cleaning Supplies Endangering The Environment?

As improbable as it might sound, your moisturizer and the laundry detergent are contributing as much to polluting our environment as do vehicular exhaust and tannery effluents!


 

Perhaps not on the same scale but cosmetics and household cleaning supplies do have a definite impact. We don’t usually consider them as pollutants but they are surreptitiously and steadily harming our water and air. We are better informed of their impact on our personal health but they pose a greater danger to our environment – during the course of their manufacture, in their use and in their disposal.

Beauty Products and the Beastly Truths

Personal care products like body lotions, shampoos, soap, and other cosmetics are laden with harmful chemicals. Formaldehyde, a carcinogen, is found in baby shampoos, traces of lead are present in lipsticks, and phthalates and parabens are found in several deodorants, nail polishes, skin creams and soaps. These chemicals can cause diseases and disrupt our reproductive and respiratory systems. For a complete list of toxic chemicals used in cosmetics, visit <Link to ingredients>

But how do cosmetics affect the environment? It is because cosmetics and petroleum are intrinsically linked. The basic ingredients in many cosmetics are petroleum and mineral oil that have their origins in fossil fuels. Facial foundations, cleansers and moisturizers contain mineral oil. Fragrances in lotions, creams, perfumes, and shampoos are made of aromatic hydrocarbons. The chemical additive propylene glycol that locks in moisture in cosmetics is also a petroleum compound. Isopropyl alcohol, another derivative, is an antiseptic found in toners and cleansers. Aerosol deodorants diffuse chemicals into atmosphere. So, we are using fossil fuels in several ways and contributing to degradation of our environment, albeit inadvertently!

Packaging and Disposal of Personal Care Products

Just look at the plethora of tubs, bottles, and tubes of various shapes and sizes that populate your dressing table. They are made of strong material so that they don’t degrade by the very product they are holding. When empty, these containers are discarded. They pile up in landfills and can take several hundred years to break down. Always opt to buy cosmetics that are made with natural ingredients and packaged with bio degradable material.

Coming Clean with Hazards of Cleaning Supplies

Household cleaners that are used to degrease, sanitize, wash clothes, bleach, and clean windows and surfaces are also polluting agents. They are responsible for smog, are dangerous to children, and affect the quality of drinking water. Nitrogen, ammonia, and phosphorus are called the ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ and are very dangerous. Even after waste treatment they still pose a potential health threat when they merge with waterways.

Occupational Hazards for Workers

Not all toxins are listed on the label that lists the ingredients used. Some formulations are kept secret as they are considered ‘industry trade secrets’. This prevents the consumers from making well-informed decisions. But more crucially, the workers in the manufacturing plant are also kept in the dark about the toxicity of the ingredients! Regular exposure to such a toxic environment can pose a huge threat to the health of these workers.

Be the Change

You know petroleum is a non-renewable resource of energy with only a finite supply. It is an established fact that many cosmetics and domestic cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals and neurotoxins that have serious consequences, not only on your health but also on the environment. As responsible global citizens, it is time we consciously stop patronizing products that affect our wellness and wellbeing.

What better time than a New Year to start afresh and go the pure and natural way! This year, resolve to remove all toxic products from your life. Replace them with natural and non-toxic products. and resolve to stop supporting companies that put their workers at risk, by making them handle highly concentrated toxic ingredients during manufacture.  Just Go-Nayked!

Toxins in Baby Products, Mum’s the word?

Your child is the epicenter of your existence. You love your baby unconditionally and the search for suitable baby products starts well before the baby arrives! You want nothing but the best for your precious cherub! You draw a list of the safest bath products, the mildest body lotions and creams, and the gentlest of oils and baby powders from popular brands. The thought of gently massaging her soft skin with these sweet-smelling products brings a smile to your face…


 

What if you learned that the ‘mild’ and ‘gentle’ products actually contain toxic chemicals that are a real threat to the health and wellness of your child? These popular baby products lead us to believe that they’re indispensible for a baby’s soft skin, but nothing can be farther from the truth! Studies show that these toxins are likely to enter the bloodstream if used regularly. In fact, they cause more harm than good. It is better to use fewer chemical-based products and include many that are natural and non-toxic. Go-Nayked.com offers you several such options. Take an informative tour!

Effects of exposure to toxins

The first few years are crucial for your child’s development. At this stage, the baby’s central nervous system and immune systems are still developing and are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of noxious chemicals. Their body is incapable of eliminating toxins. Moreover, children have a skin surface that is almost double that of adults’ per unit of their body weight! So their skin can absorb more chemicals. They also breathe in more air than adults and therefore, expose themself to even more chemicals by inhalation. These can cause long-term health problems in a child. So, it is vital to avoid or limit your baby’s exposure to toxins via personal care products like soap, powder, cream, shampoo, and diaper wipes. Opt for natural alternatives.

Chemicals to watch out for in baby products

  • Mineral oil: This is the byproduct of petroleum processing. It is found in baby oils and it wraps around the baby’s skin like plastic, thus affecting the skin’s ability to release toxic materials. Mineral oils are usually mixed with artificial fragrances.
  • Talc: The mineral talc occurs in rock mass formations in combination with other minerals, including the toxic asbestos. It is almost impossible to isolate talc from asbestos during mining. So, the carcinogenic asbestos is bound to be present in any product containing talc, including baby powder. Talc is a drying agent known to be a lung irritant and a carcinogen.
  • 1, 4 dioxane and ethylated surfactants: This chemical is not intentionally added during manufacture of a beauty product (therefore, conveniently not mentioned on the list of ingredients). It is a by-product that is obtained when ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, is added to the other chemicals to ‘lessen’ their harsh effect. Almost 57% of all baby soaps are contaminated with this toxin. Steer clear of ingredients with the letters, ‘eth’ – polyethylene glycol, polyethylene, sodium laureth sulfate, ceteareth, and PEG.
  • Parabens: These are preservatives that are added to many personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria. But they are also linked to hormone disruption and skin irritation. They are found in baby soaps, shampoos and moisturizers.
  • Propylene glycol: This chemical enhances penetration and is easily absorbed by the skin. It may be carcinogenic. Used in wiper fluid and also to de-ice airplanes, it is very often found in baby wipes! Watch out for polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG).
  • Fragrance:  These are generally made of coal and petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals. They are added to mask the odor of other chemicals in the product or to create a specific fragrance. The loophole is that manufacturers are not required to reveal the chemicals used in the fragrance! Fragrance is added to disposable diapers, baby wash, powder, lotions, diaper ointments and shampoo. Exposure to fragrance may lead to asthma in babies.
  • Triclosan: Many products labeled as ‘antibacterial’ contains this chemical. It is an endocrine disruptor. Found in antibacterial soaps and body wash for babies.

This holiday season is a great opportunity to spread the goodness of natural baby products! Go-Nayked.com offers you a range of products that are manufactured responsibly and will be wonderful gifts for babies. Visit our marketplace and avail of our amazing seasonal offers!

Does Your Breakfast Cereal Contain BHA and BHT?

Weekday mornings are hectic! Amidst the chaos that ensues, breakfast is the most neglected. Forget breakfasting like a king, we barely manage to grab a bite! In the scant moments that can be spared, enjoying a hearty breakfast is impossible. Thankfully, there are breakfast cereals and an assortment of snacks that keep us going. They are convenient and are fresh in their boxes and bags. But they also contain BHA and BHT – suspected human carcinogens. Would you rather choose convenience over toxicity? That’s a tough one! Go-Nayked.com helps you decide.


 

What is BHA?

Butylated hydroxyanisole is a preservative that keeps oils in food from oxidizing and becoming rancid. Oxidation alters the color, odor, and flavor of food. It also reduces the nutrient content of food. BHA is found in breakfast cereals, meats, butter, chewing gum, dehydrated potatoes, and other snacks. Disturbingly, they are also found in cosmetics, petroleum products, animal feed, and food packaging!

How safe is BHA?

As BHA is almost indispensible in our processed foods as an additive, it is prudent to be concerned about its effects on our health. It is considered “generally recognized to be safe” or GRAS, by The Food and Drug Administration. It has been approved for use in various foods up to 0.02 percent of the oil or fat content of the food. For dry food like cereals, the FDA has set different limits. Take a look at this link – FDA Limits

Laboratory studies on rats and other animals have shown BHA to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). The National Toxicology Program surmises that this preservative could be ‘reasonably anticipated’ to be a human carcinogen. In Europe too, BHA is an approved food additive but is categorized as a potential endocrine disruptor. Studies have reported adverse effect on sperm quality, lowering of testosterone and thyroxin levels, and decreased growth in rats.

What is BHT?

Butylated hydoxytoluene is also of the same family as BHA. It is added to food as a preservative, very often with BHA. Though there is no conclusive evidence suggesting it as a carcinogen, studies show that rats that were fed with BHT had developed lung and liver tumors. There were developmental and thyroid changes observed in these animals. The motor skills and coordination of these rats was also affected. On comparison, BHT seems the lesser evil. It bears the GRAS label too!

Know Your Facts

Additives that are ‘presumed’ safe by the government are classified as GRAS and don’t need to go through the pre-market review and subsequent approval. This could be perfectly understandable for harmless, natural additives like thyme or pepper, but to enlist additives with debatable safety like BHT and BHA as GRAS is unsettling to say the least. It is possible for manufacturers to obtain a GRAS status even without informing the FDA at all! It is entirely up to the consumer to check the facts.

  • Check the product label for BHA and avoid it. A wide range of foods contain this additive, including preserved meat, snacks, and chips.
  • Avoid products with BHT, especially if the product also contains BHA.
  • Use the EWG’s Food Scores to find foods that don’t contain either additive.
  • Try to eat fresh food or the food that has been minimally processed. Usually, they are more nutritious!
  • Look out for packaged foods that use vitamin E as preservative or better still, use no preservative at all.
  • Read these articles for more information about BHA, BHT, and other commonly used additives.

Add years to healthy living by subtracting additives from your food! Visit the Go-Nayked.com Marketplace to find breakfast cereals and treats that are good for you and free of toxins.