Mac and Cheese: Petitions to remove dangerous food additives on the rise

March 9, 2013 |

The power of public petitioning

The fact that American consumers are less protected from chemical food hazards than their European peers has been around for a while. Indeed, why millions of children, pregnant women and adults in America are doomed to ingest potentially health-damaging chemicals for decades when European Union requires mandatory warning labels which drove manufacturers to virtually eliminate artificial colors from the foods designated for European markets?

Artificial colors for the USA and natural for the Great BritainArtificial colors for the USA and natural for the Great Britain

Recently PepsiCo Inc. has announced a decision to remove a controversial ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer petition which has gained significant public support. Now another popular petition backed by over 170,000 supporters calls on Kraft Foods to remove artificial colors Yellow  5 and Yellow 6, from its Macaroni & Cheese products.

Let’s take a look what Kraft Foods Mac & Cheese Cheesiest dinner looks like in terms of the Dye Diet approach before and after hypothetical removal of the artificial colors.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Kraft Foods Macaroni and Cheese dinner: Risk,  Nutrition and Dyes

Kraft Foods Macaroni and Cheese dinner: Risk, Nutrition and Dyes

As you see, Macaroni & Cheese Cheesiest dinner of Kraft Foods is alike a chemical plant feedstock. Among total 19 ingredients only 10 are nutrients (green segments) a half of which (Vitamins B group) are added in the attempt to compensate (or camouflage) nutrition loss caused by high processing of wheat flour. The rest are 7 non-nutrient chemicals (yellow segments) and two xenobiotic chemicals: artificial colors Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 (red segments). Keep in mind, however that 2 of the 10 nutrients very likely are genetically modified (GM) ingredients often reffered as GMO (see below).

The Dye Diet Calculator helps to avoid risky food

The Dye Diet Calculator indicates that you will take moderate health risk of 0.71 and you will get very low nutritional value of 0.54. Therefore, artificially colored Mac & Cheese is NOT recommended.

Food additives to avoid:

Hypothetical alternative: no artificial colors

Now imagine that Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are removed from Macaroni Cheese; this turns alarming red-yellow-green diagram to a friendlier yellow-green look:

HYPOTHETICAL Macaroni and Cheese without artificial colors

HYPOTHETICAL Macaroni and Cheese without artificial colors

Accordingly, nutrition went up to DDNF = 0.88. Although it is still rather low nutritional value, at least you will not take health risks posed by xenobiotic chemicals and their carcinogenic impurities (DDFI = 0). This is not too bad for the semi-synthetic food surrogate made of bleached wheat flour. You may carefully eat it once in a while; not every day though. That’s how the DyeDiet Calculator helps you to understand and avoid health hazards of processed food!

Bottom line. Mac and Cheese Cheesiest dinner is another chemical food surrogate to avoid (check with the Dye Diet Calculator) especially by children. From the other hand, removal of the two artificial food colors could convert it to relatively safe processed food. Let’s hope that the above-mentioned petition will be heard and appropriate actions from Kraft Foods will be taken to our satisfaction and healthier life.

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Category: Baked goods, Food Dyes Exposure

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  1. benamore says:

    Try Annie’s brand. It has only 9 simple ingredients per box.