BHT, also known as dibutylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic organic compound, chemically a derivative of phenol, that is useful for its antioxidant properties. European and U.S. regulations allow small amounts to be used as a food additive. In addition to this use, BHT is widely used to prevent oxidation in fluids (e.g. fuel, oil) and other materials where free radicals must be controlled.
BHT, 2,6 di-tert-butyl-p-cresol, 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol
- Antioxidant food additive
- Antioxidant in products such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, rubber, electrical transformer oil (at 0.35%) and embalming fluid
- Fuel additive
- Laboratory chemicals