Butylated hydroxyanisole

Butylated hydroxyanisole

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IUPACName = 2-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole (mixture)
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Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 25013-16-5
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Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = C11H16O2
MolarMass = 180.24 g/mol
Appearance = waxy solid
Density =
MeltingPt = 48-55 °C
BoilingPt = 264-270 °C
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Section 4 = Chembox Related
OtherCpds = Butylated hydroxytoluene

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a mixture of two isomeric organic compounds, 2-"tert"-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and 3-"tert"-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole. It is prepared from 4-methoxyphenol and isobutylene. It is a waxy solid that exhibits antioxidant properties.

Like butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), the conjugated aromatic ring of BHA is able to stabilize free radicals, sequestering them. By acting as free radical scavengers, further free radical reactions are prevented.

The National Institutes of Health considers BHA "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen". [cite web | work = Report on Carcinogens, Eleventh Edition | publisher = National Toxicology Program | title = Substance Profiles: Butylated Hydroxyanisole | url = http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/eleventh/profiles/s027bha.pdf]
E number of this food additive is E320.


E320 or Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an additive that accumulates in the body fat. It is known to cause cancer in animals and disrupt the body’s hormone balance. Laboratory studies have shown BHA causes cancer and results in detrimental reproductive effects in rats. [cite web | Publisher = Oxford Journals | title = Carcinogenesis, Vol. 20, No. 11, 2159-2165, Nov 1999 | url = http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/20/11/2159] It is banned in foods for infants and young children in Australia and has been banned in Japan since 1958. Official committees of experts recommended that it be banned in the UK, however because of industry pressure it was not. McDonald's eliminated BHA from their US products in 1986 due to the harmful effects.

ee also

* Anisole
* Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)


* [http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa082101a.htm Why are BHA and BHT in foods? Are they safe?]

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