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Former middleweight champion Laila Ali has always been a beacon for change in society. Like her father the great Muhammad Ali, Laila also does a lot of social work outside of the ring adding to her already great legacy in the sport. Moreover, she has spoken up about multiple issues plaguing society including human trafficking. This is not all as she even has a lot of charities and NGOs to help tackle issues like these.

In addition, she recently shared a post, discussing the dangers of a controversial preservative called BHA. Butylated hydroxyanisole, or BHA, is a synthetic antioxidant that is commonly used in the food industry to prevent the spoilage of fats and oils. However, it has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and has been banned in several countries.

Laila Ali shares a post discussing the impact of BHA on foods


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SheBeeStining shared the post on her Instagram Story. The post claimed that BHA was an endocrine disruptor and is directly linked to cancer. Despite this the FDA still allows it to be used in many food products which were also highlighted in the post. The post raised concerns among health-conscious consumers who are looking for ways to avoid harmful additives in their diet.

BHA has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor, which means it can interfere with the body’s hormonal balance. This is the reason why it is banned in the EU and many other countries except the United States which was also pointed out in the post. the FDA allows the use of BHA in food products but limits its use to 0.02% of the weight of the fat or oil in the food.

Does BHA cause cancer?

A study by Susan P. Felter, Xiaoling Zhang, and Chad Thompson, revealed that the additive is indeed Carcinogen. However, BHA has been found to be a rodent carcinogen following chronic exposure to relatively high doses, it poses no safety concern to humans at the levels found in our diet. Yet, BHA is found on many lists of banned chemicals or chemicals of concern.

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This is not to say that it has not been found to cause cancer in rodents. This additive has been a topic of concern among health-conscious consumers for many years.

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While the FDA allows the use of BHA in food products, many countries have banned it. However, for a consumer, it is best to stick to natural and healthy foods that provide far more benefits than processed foods.


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