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Posted on March 7, 2013 by Christine Crosby in grandkids, grandparents, Kraft, Mac & Cheese

Grandkids Love Mac & Cheese? Don’t Give Them Kraft

Editor’s Note:  If you’re grand kids are like mine, Mac & Cheese is one of their favorite foods.  Now after reading this about the chemicals they add to this product and the detrimental effects on children, we’re shocked. Please read the following and learn what you can do.

You probably know Kraft Macaroni and Cheese — the easy-to-make dinner in the blue box. It’s not exactly the healthiest food in the world, but for many families, it’s a cheap and quick option for a hot meal.

There’s a reason that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is bright orange when it’s ready to eat. Kraft uses chemical colorings that serve no purpose for flavoring or nutrition. Those chemicals — known as Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 — have been linked by experts to serious health issues like asthma, skin rashes, migraines, and hyperactivity in children.

And while those chemicals are not used in other countries, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese sold in the United States still includes them just to make the food a brighter color.

Keeping these chemicals in Macaroni and Cheese is an unnecessary potential risk. That’s why we, Vani and Lisa, started a petition on Change.org demanding that Kraft remove Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, two unnecessary ingredients, from Macaroni and Cheese immediately. Click here to sign our petition.  

We are two women who work to educate others about the benefits of eating real food and avoiding unnecessary chemicals. Although we stopped buying Kraft Macaroni and Cheese when we found about the risks of artificial coloring, we know that it’s a staple for millions of families around the world — many of whom can’t afford to buy other, more expensive products.

We’re asking that Kraft remove these chemicals from Macaroni and Cheese because it can eliminate a potential health hazard while not changing the taste of the food at all. Kraft doesn’t use these chemicals in the United Kingdom due to wide health concerns, so we know it’s possible to do the same in the US. And as one of the largest food companies in the world, Kraft could set a precedent for other companies to do the same.

Petitions on Change.org have forced companies to remove ingredients before — including huge companies like Gatorade, Starbucks, and Tide — and we think we can add Kraft to that list with our petition.

Click here to sign our petition asking Kraft to remove Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from Macaroni and Cheese sold in the U.S. If they can do it for other countries, they can do it here.

Eat well,

Vani Hari and Lisa Leake
Charlotte, North Carolina

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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