Butylparaben, or butyl p-hydroxybenzoate, It is a white solid that is soluble in organic solvents. It has proven to be a highly successful antimicrobial preservative in cosmetics. Butylparaben is also used in medication suspensions, and as a flavoring additive in food. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Butylparaben?
Butylparaben (Butyl P-Hydroxybenzoate) is a white crystalline powder with a particular odor and is easily dissolved in alcohol, ether, chloroform, but difficult to dissolve in water. It is used as both an antiseptic and flavoring agent in food. It can also be used as an antifungal agent in bread, because it is particularly active against molds and yeasts, and less active against bacteria.
Possible Side Effects of Butylparaben
Although Butylparaben generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may: Cancer, Allergy, Irritability, Tumors, Acne, Dry Skin, Rash, Hair Loss, Itching, Weakness.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Butylparaben is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Butylparaben populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Butylparaben.
1. Final amended report on the safety assessment of Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, and Benzylparaben as used in cosmetic products. [Int J Toxicol. 2008] Author: [No authors listed]