Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)2018-12-10T05:17:46+00:00
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BHA is an antioxidant and a preservative of fats and oils used in baked goods.

BHA

Also known as Butylated Hydroxyanisole


What is BHA?

BHA is an antioxidant as well as a preservative of fats and oils in food products.

Origin

BHA was first used as an antioxidant in 1947. It is an aromatic compound synthesized from the reaction of 4-methoxyphenol and isobutylene.

Function

BHA is oxidizable and fat soluble. It is used in preventing spoilage in baked goods by preserving the present fats. In addition, BHA can also be used as a yeast de-foaming agent in bread making.

Composition

BHA is an aromatic organic compound called 2- and 3-tert-butyl-4-methoxyphenol. However, BHA can exist in either of the two isomeric forms or as a mixture of the two isomers.

BHA composition

Chemical structure of BHA.

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