Food Bloggers Petition Kraft to Remove Food Dyes

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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is getting some pretty interesting attention these days by two popular real food bloggers. Vani Hari from Food Babe and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food have joined forces and created a petition on change.org asking Kraft to stop the use of “potentially harmful” food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 in their incredibly popular line of boxed pasta dishes.

Hari and Leake’s reasoning is simple: These food dyes have been banned in other countries and Kraft revised the products’ ingredients for those markets accordingly. So…why not do the same here in the United States?

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary – yet potentially harmful – dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry. Kraft reformulated their product for the UK, but not for their fellow American citizens.

It’s time we demand the same here in the US!

Here are just a few of the health issues associated with these food dyes cited by Hari and Leake:

  • Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are contaminated with known carcinogens (a.k.a. an agent directly involved in causing cancer)
  • Have been linked to long-term health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines
  • Add absolutely no nutritional value to the foods we are eating and are solely used for aesthetic purposes only

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may not be at the top of the “good for you foods” list, but it is an incredibly popular and “iconic” food that many folks consume. By supporting this action, you will help send an incredibly important message to the rest of the food industry:

Kraft Foods is the largest food company headquartered in the United States. If Kraft changes their Macaroni and Cheese, we know this could inspire other food companies across the US to finally eliminate dangerous artificial food dyes once and for all.

The petition only needs about 20,000 more signatures before meeting its goal. If this issue speaks to you, please take a moment to add your name to the list of supporters.

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