We, of course, knew that food additives are not the most useful thing that can be in the composition of products, but American scientists have found a substance that is definitely worth staying away from. After a long study, first on laboratory animals, then on specially grown tissues of the intestine and brain, it turned out that butylhydroxytoluene, or (simply) E321, is to blame for the obesity epidemic. This additive is often used to extend the shelf life of foods.
Why is E321 so harmful? This chemical is similar in structure to estrogen, the female sex hormone, and therefore acts at the cellular level and creates "confusion" in the human endocrine system. The correct production of signaling hormones that provide a connection between digestion and the brain is disrupted - as a result, a person does not control appetite and constantly overeats.
Remember the foods in which E321 can be found and be careful: these are cereals, bread and bakery products, potato chips, crackers, butter, chewing gum and others.