Could the artificial dyes in Kraft Mac and Cheese be bad for you?
Two moms from North Carolina are petitioning Kraft Foods to remove the artificial colors from the cheese mix in its popular macaroni and cheese product.
Vani Hari, of the blog Food Babe, and Lisa Leake from 100 days of Real Food, have taken to Change.org in an effort to convince Kraft’s management to stop using Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6.
In the online petition, they maintain that 30 Kraft macaroni and cheese products contain the artificial dyes and that it is “unfair to the children lured by these products (several packages showcase cartoon characters), unfair to the less fortunate who buy these products because they are cheaper, and unfair to the uneducated consumer that is unaware of these harmful ingredients.”
Noting that the dyes are not included in Kraft’s Mac & Cheese products sold in the United Kingdom, the moms recorded a YouTube video taste test of U.S. and U.K. versions of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (called Cheesey Pasta across the pond) and found “virtually no difference in color or taste.”
While the additives are both legal and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Leake and Hari point to research conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest that says the two food dyes have been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine and, because yellow dyes are petroleum-based, perhaps cancer.
To date, their petition has garnered more than 160,000 signatures.