I found the last ingredient in a few of my grocery purchases, BHT for freshness. It should be an obvious preservative since it is for freshness. But why is it abbreviated? BHT stands for butylated hydroxytoluene. BHT helps prevent oils and fats in the cereal from going rancid. It is also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid - yuck! Known to be a human carcinogen and harmful to aquatic animals, I don't think this is something I want to be feeding to my kids.
More notes on BHT:
- Causes liver damage
- Banned in England, California and Japan
Multiple material safety data sheets on BHT:
Sources: naturalnews.com, saveourbones.com
********UPDATE 10/13/12 *********
After already having most of the box and learned what's in it, I heard the lovely news today that this cereal has been recalled. Check out the official post here.