Are You Paying For Food Additives?


Don’t Pay The Price For Bad Food

Our friends at YumEarth Candy turned me on to a blogger known as “Food Babe“.  Her name is Vani Hari, and she is on the mission to educate people about unhealthy ingredients in the food we buy.  And yes, chances are your own pantry is full of them…

You may have heard of the Food Babe recently – she made headlines by gathering over 280,000 signatures on a petition to get Kraft to remove potentially harmful artificial dyes from their famous Mac & Cheese!

According to Hari, petroleum-based Yellows Number 5 and 6 are “… unnecessary – yet potentially harmful dyes linked to hyperactivity in children, asthma, allergies, migraines and are contaminated with carcinogens!”

Food Shouldn’t Need Warning Labels

You may not know this, but the use of many of these artificial dyes has already been banned overseas.  Since the U.K. actually mandates a warning label for foods including these ingredients, Kraft responded by reformulating their U.K. Mac & Cheese with natural ingredients – and Hari is asking them to do the same for their U.S. product.  Though it seems like they won’t likely pay the extra expense until the FDA catches up with it’s very own warning label and forces them to do so.

Let Your Wallet Do The Talking

Ultimately, no matter what Kraft does, we all know we can vote – with our wallets. Remember: just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s Fab & Fru!  We all see what the proliferation of cheap, additive-laden, processed food has done to hasten the declining health of Americans.  Being able to stock up for cheap is NO bargain if you are spending money on potentially harmful ingredients.

womanshoppingWe are big believers in the “pay the farmer now or the doctor later” saying.  As Food Babe says, “Food is medicine, and plain and simple, if our food is sick (filled with GMO’s, chemicals, additives, artificial ingredients, and/or carcinogens), collectively, we as a country are going to continue to be sick.”

The next time you go to the grocery look at what you’re actually spending your money on.  It’s up to you to decide if you want to pay extra for real, nutritious whole foods or less for cheaper convenience foods that may end up costing your more in the long run.  So, before you buy the next huge bulk container of your favorite processed snacks, read those ingredients first – what may seem like a good bargain may actually be anything but!

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One Response to “Are You Paying For Food Additives?”

  1. Simone says:

    Excellent post!

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