Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Food Grade *


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About Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Food Grade

Butylated Hydroxytoluene, also known as 2,6-Di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol, Butylhydroxytoluene, and 2,6-Di-tert-butyl-p-cresol, has the chemical formula C15H24O or C6H2(OH)(CH3)(C(CH3)3)2 . It appears as white to pale-yellow, crystalline, or flaked solid with no odor or a characteristic faint aromatic odor. It is insoluble in Water but soluble in Methanol, Toluene, and Ether at ambient conditions. Chemically pure or Laboratory reagents are the two terms often used to describe Lab Grade chemicals. Lab Grade chemicals do not meet any accepted quality or purity requirements such as the ACS Grade, the USP Grade, and the FCC Grade, despite their acceptable purity. In the United States of America (USA), Lab Alley is selling its high-quality Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Lab Grade online at laballey.com. Due to its high purity, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Lab Grade is highly recommended for labs and commercial applications.

Common Uses and Applications

  • Food Preservation: BHT is commonly added to foods, fats, and oils to prevent oxidation and extend their shelf life. It helps maintain the freshness of products by inhibiting the formation of free radicals, which can cause rancidity and spoilage.
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products: BHT is utilized in various cosmetics and personal care products, such as lipsticks, lip balms, moisturizers, and hair care products, to prevent them from becoming rancid and to extend their stability.
  • Pharmaceuticals: BHT is used in pharmaceuticals to prevent the oxidation of drugs and maintain their potency and stability. It is often added to medications, vitamins, and supplements that contain fats or oils.
  • Industrial Applications: BHT is employed as an antioxidant in industrial lubricants, greases, and other petroleum-based products to prevent oxidation and degradation, thereby prolonging their useful life.
  • Polymer Stabilization: BHT is used as an antioxidant in plastics, polymers, and rubber products to prevent degradation caused by exposure to oxygen, heat, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation during processing, storage, and use.
  • Fuel Additive: In some cases, BHT is added to fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of gum and deposits in fuel systems and engines.
  • Insecticides and Pesticides: BHT is sometimes incorporated into insecticides and pesticides to enhance their stability and effectiveness by preventing the degradation of active ingredients due to oxidation.


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Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Food Grade Specifications

Assay Min. 99.0%
Residue on Ignition 0.002%

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