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Remove Cancer-Causing Preservatives BHA and BHT from Children's Cereals.

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Imagine: You wake up, get out of bed, and go to make your breakfast. Much like millions of other Americans, you are probably going to eat cereal. It's quick, easy, heathy, what could be bad about it?  Wait. Hold on there. Look at the ingredients. As it turns out, many cereals marketed to children have carcinogenic preservatives in them, meaning cereal is not as healthy as you may have thought. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its chemical cousin Butylated Hydroxytoulene (BHT) are added preservatives used to protect the flavor of the food it is added to. However, both BHA and BHT are linked to cancer in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and hamsters. In addition, while we are certain they both cause tumors, there are no long term studies on either BHA's or BHT's effects on the human body, so not only are we eating something toxic to lab animals, we are consuming chemicals that no one really knows the effects of. Cereal may not be as healthy as you originally thought. My mother eats Post's Fruity Pebbles at least once a day, and I was looking through the ingredient list, and what was on there? The infamous BHA. My mother was blindly eating something that could possibly kill her, just because she bought a cereal that she believed to be safe. She is not the only one. With this colorful cereal marketed to children, people all over the country were doing the same thing. While Post is the maker of Fruity Pebbles, Kellogg is just as guilty. Frosted Flakes, another favorite in my house, contains BHT. Again, BHA and BHT maintain the freshness and flavor of the food it is added to, but there is a healthier alternative, vitamin E. Rather than putting carcinogenic chemical additives into children's cereal, we could simply put a vitamin in to do the same thing, without any negative health repercussions.

The solution is simple. Both Kellog and Post Holdings Inc must get the toxic BHA and BHT out of their cereal products, and instead replace it with vitamin E. If we win, then cereals will be healthier, and children will no longer be eating poison for breakfast

Even more outrageous than these corporations using these chemicals, is the fact that outside of North America, BHT has already been banned from cereals as well as other food products, because it was proven unsafe.

Please, support me. Whether you and your family are victims of these corporations putting toxins in their cereal, or you know to avoid them, for every signature helps pave the way to a healthier North America.

 



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