When you pull out a blue box of Kraft mac and cheese from your pantry next year, it may be healthier than today. A few days ago, Kraft announced it is changing up its 2014 recipes for some of its macaroni and cheese products. Parental interest and a Change.org petition have compelled the food giant to remove harmful artificial dyes from its character-shaped products.
This is good news. Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine) and Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow) have been linked to chromosomal damage, cancer, asthma, and behavioral issues — including hyperactivity — in children. Both have been banned from products in Norway.
Kraft will replace these dangerous chemicals with natural spices, like turmeric and paprika, to mimic the dayglo orange we all know (and many of us love). Kraft also plans to add more whole grains and reduce sodium and saturated fat content in these products.
Nice Move, But…
Kraft will not make these healthy shifts in its traditional elbow-shaped mac and cheese recipes in the U.S., even though it has removed Yellow No. 5 in its European versions to avoid having to label them with a warning that: “This product may have adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Hmmm… Puzzling indeed. And unfortunately, this ingredient double standard is not uncommon. It’s what led a couple of food bloggers to start a petition on Change.org to influence Kraft to remove artificial dyes from it’s kid-friendly mac and cheese products. With more than 350,000 signatures, it appears our voices have been heard — at least in one ear.
Add Your Voice
If you want to add your signature to a Change.org petition against artificial food dyes, here are a few of the multitude of petitions they host. Lend your voice to the cause and help protect our future generations.
- Kraft: Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes In Our Mac & Cheese
- FDA: Ban The Use Of Artificial Food Coloring, Require Labels On All Food Coloring
- M&M’s Candies: Stop Using Artificial Dyes LInked To Hyperactivity
- Manufacturer’s: Remove Artificial Colors From Our Food
What do you think about the double standard large food companies have for plying dangerous ingredients in one country while using natural alternatives in another?
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