Chemicals Linked to Reproductive Damage, Cancer Found in These Major Cereal Brands


Apple Jacks and Cap’n Crunch are two of the most popular breakfast cereals in the United States, but most people don’t realize what they actually contain.

These cereals are not only loaded with potential GMO ingredients including likely GMO corn, sugar and soybeans, but they also have chemical additives that may damage the body greatly when eaten consistently.

The two main chemicals described in the sentence above include those that were recently investigated by a watchdog organization called The Environmental Working Group, which is of course famous for its ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists, described in the article ‘The Top Five Pesticide-Soaked Fruits and Vegetables to Avoid At All Costs.’

The chemicals to watch out for and avoid in cereals, especially mainstream brands, are as follows:



Also known as Butylated hydroxyanisol, the National Institutes of Health admits on its website that this food additive “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.”

This additive is categorized as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It is classified as an endocrine disruptor because of its ability to lower testosterone and thyroid-hormone thyroxin according to the EWG.

Rat studies have shown it can harm sperm quality in men and decrease uterine weight in women, among other side effects.

Companies use a loophole called GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) to skip regulatory approval despite these concerns.


Kellogg’s has released the following statement in response to concerns about BHT:

“BHT is used in small amounts primarily in the cereal package liner and helps protect the flavor and freshness, which we know is important to our consumers.

“We are always listening to the needs of our consumers and know some people are looking for options without BHT.”



Meanwhile, the ingredient BHT is still listed as being used in the Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal.

This chemical may disrupt endocrine function by causing thyroid changes and affecting animal development according to the European Food Safety Authority.

Studies on lab animals fed BHT found they developed liver and lung tumors.

It is considered as a Generally Recognized as Safe additive by the FDA despite research showing its risk to human health.


These are just a few of the reasons why consumer boycotts have been led by the organization GMO Free USA against Kellogg’s in recent years.

Kellogg’s plans to split itself into two different companies soon, with different names for its American and European operations.

The company has been called out in recent years for using GMO ingredients in Europe, in contrast with its GMO ingredients in the United States.

The List of Cereals That May Contain BHT Include the Following According to a 2022 Report:

-Cap’n Crunch

-Cinnamon Toast Crunch

-Apple Jacks

-Froot Loops

-Honey Bunches of Oats

-Frosted Mini Wheats

-Special K

-Crave Cereal

-Life Cereal

-Oreo O’s

-Shredded Wheat

-Cocoa Pebbles

More information can be found on the EWG’s website here.

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Nick Meyer is a journalist who's been published in the Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News and several other outlets. He founded AltHealthWORKS in 2012 to showcase extraordinary stories of healing and the power of organic living, stories the mainstream media always seemed to miss. Check out Nick's Amazon best-seller 'Dirt Cheap Organic: 101 Tips For Going Organic on a Budget' by clicking here, as well as its sequel Dirt Cheap Weight Loss.