To all the food lovers around the world! Petroleum is in our food! But wait, how? Petroleum is used to preserve our food. Well, technically tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) is used to preserve our food, which is a byproduct of petroleum. TBHQ has many possible dangers including, liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, and cancer. According to the FDA, TBHQ can contain no more than 0.02% in our food. But with continuous consumption, it may be a major health problem.
Most of this chemical is usually found in processed food to expend their long shelf life. But it is not only the processed and frozen foods that contain TBHQ but in children snacks as well! One example are fruits snacks. Now, I know every kid loves fruit snacks because of how sweet and colorful the fruit snacks are. Food products that have such vibrant colors like these snacks have color additives. In fruits snacks, Red 3 or erythrosine is used and it is a petroleum product. It is banned for use in cosmetics but not in our food. So something like that is not safe for the skin but it is safe to be eaten? That is very questionable. The best way to avoid petroleum in food is to eat natural fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods and avoid such color snacks and candies. Also, by avoiding petroleum related food products we also will be living a much healthier lifestyle.
You can read more about this preservative here: https://www.davidwolfe.com/cancer-causing-childrens-snacks/