4. Butylated Hydroxyanisole
Antioxidants are good for you–antioxidant preservatives, not necessarily. Butylated Hydroxyanisole is a preservative used in a wide range of products, including cereals and potato chips. The ingredient may sound like it’s there to protect important, healthy ingredients, but it’s actually just something that’s used to stop the food from rotting quickly. Known as BHA, this ingredient is a well-known carcinogen and the additive can even wreak havoc with your sleep. It’s known to cause liver problems, behavioral issues, and even hair loss, so try and steer clear.