Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kraft Mac 'N Cheese : Is It Safe For Your Kids?

As a parent I have always strived to feed my family healthy and safe foods and while I don't necessarily consider Kraft Mac 'N Cheese a health food I never considered it to be a dangerous one either.  We have all at one time or another tried the perfectly golden creamy Mac 'N Cheese and have enjoyed its cheesy flavor.  At lunch time kids all across America come running when they know their favorite Mac 'N Cheese is waiting for them.  It has been a kid and adult favorite for years which made it all the more surprising that the chemicals used in the dyes (yellow #5 and #6) to give the Mac "N Cheese its special coloring are known for being contaminated with carcinogens.  What?

Let me introduce to you Yellow Dye #5 and Yellow Dye #6 also known as Tartazine and Sunset Yellow.  Both dyes are man-made chemicals that are derived from petroleum, a crude oil which has been approved by the FDA to be safe for food consumption.  Both of these specific dyes are used in the North American versions of Kraft's macaroni products but are not used in other countries versions.  Why?  Because countries like Norway and Austria have already banned them and have linked the dyes to a host of disturbing side effects such as asthma, eczema and migraines, as well as hyperactivity and learning imparments in children.  So, not only are known carcinogens lurking around in your Mac 'N Cheese but a host of other wonderful unhealthy side effects as well.  In countries where these dyes have been banned Kraft has replaced the dyes with ingriedients like paprika and beta carotene, two natural substances that do not alter the taste or appearance of the food.  So why not use the same recipe in the US version?  Cost.  Yellow dye #5 and Yellow Dye #6 apparently are less expensive than paprika and beta carotene.  

I recently stumbled upon a petition being generated by two bloggers, Vani Hari of Food Babe and Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food that are calling on Kraft to remove dyes #5 and #6 from its line of Macaroni and Cheese products.  The petition was launched on and has already garnered almost a quarter of a million signatures.  I have added my name to the petition list and hope you will consider doing the same.  Please click here to add your name to the list and let Kraft know that you don't want these harmful chemicals in your Mac 'N Cheese anymore.            

1 comment:

  1. Very true, but Kraft does make mac n cheese without the dye. I am very concern with those color in food and have found it.

    Glad they are listening and wish the pharmaceutical company would listen.