What is an antioxidant?

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. This is important because oxidation, the exposure to oxygen, creates a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that could damage cells.

The term is generally classified into two categories:
Industrial Chemicals
(added to prevent oxidation, also known as spoilage)
and
Natural Chemicals
(found in foods and body tissue and are said to have beneficial health effects)

SO, WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?

Food preservation: Antioxidants are added to many foods to guard against spoilage and food deterioration as well as unpleasant flavors or unappealing colors.

ARE THERE NATURAL AND CLEAN LABEL ANTIOXIDANTS?

Why yes, yes there are.

Several common natural antioxidants include:
ascorbic acid, tocopherols, and rosemary extract.

WHERE IS THE INDUSTRY GOING?

Several industrial chemicals commonly found in food are propyl gallate, tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). Companies like Whole Foods and Panera Bread have banned BHT and BHA from products they sell or make. Many manufacturers are looking for clean label alternatives to traditional industrial chemical additives.

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