Four Letters That Prove You Should Stop Eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) And The Foods It Is In

An recent scientific experiment performed by a doctor in Massachusetts has people questioning whether they will ever eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ever again. This is because an additive, that is also found in instant noodles, microwave popcorn, Teddy Grahams, McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, and Kellogs eggo waffles contains TBHQ.

Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital used a camera the size of a tiny pill to find out what happens while the body digests pre-cooked noodles. The resulting video showed that the noodles were still largely intact after two hours, according to USA Today.

As long as the noodles remain in the stomach, so do all the noodles' additives, including toxic preservatives like tertiary-butyl hydroquinone. More importantly, TBHQ prevents oxidation of fats and oils and is a common ingredient in processed food.

The Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives reported that 1 gram of TBHQ can cause a number of adverse effects, including nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium and a sense of suffocation.

Prolonged exposure to TBHQ can cause biochemical changes and affect liver and reproductive function.

A 2014 study in medical periodical The Journal of Nutrition concluded that women in South Korea who ate more instant noodles were more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, the symptoms of which include obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and low levels of HDL cholesterol, which is considered the "good" cholesterol.

"Although instant noodle is a convenient and delicious food, there could be an increased risk for metabolic syndrome given [the food's] high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and glycemic loads," said Harvard doctoral candidate Hyun Shin, according to PreventDisease.com. People with metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

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