I just signed The Petition: Kraft: Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes in Our Mac & Cheese. Please also take a moment to sign this petition. 157,253 more signatures are needed to make an impact
According to a recent article published by “natural cures not medicine”, food additives, preservatives, flavorings and colors are added to US foods, but banned in other countries around the world. Click on this link to see a more extensive list of those foods.
What really makes me sad is that a lot of these toxic additions to our foods, even food for infants and toddlers, can have hazardous health effects even affecting children’s behavior. That’s scary!
For example, as reported in the linked article above:
“Boxed Mac & Cheese, cheddar flavored crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2, the most popularly-used dyes in the United States. Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”
In countries where these food colors and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colorants instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto. The food blogger and activist Vani Hari, better known as “Food Babe,” recently launched a Change.org petition2 asking Kraft to remove artificial dyes from American Mac & Cheese to protect American children from the well-known dangers of these dyes.
Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.