BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an organic compound with the formula CH(CH)OCH. It is a colorless solid that dissolves in organic solvents. It is a derivative of hydroxyanisole, or para-hydroxybenzene, which is itself prepared by hydrogenation of 4-methoxybenzaldehyde.

BHA is an antioxidant used to preserve and inhibit the growth of microbes in foods and cosmetics. The compound has the capacity to inhibit lipid peroxidation and quench free radicals and prevent them from damaging biological membranes. In addition, BHA can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Precancerous cells in the stomach, stunted growth, behavioral consequences, and higher offspring mortality rates have all been linked to BHA. It is also regarded as a disruptor of hormones. In food, food packaging, and animal feed, including dog food, BHA is used as an antioxidant and preservative.

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Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.