Hey, big news from Kraft Macaroni and cheese!
Kraft is removing artificial dyes from their products, specifically, yellow dye numbers 5 and 6. But, they promise their famous, comfort food taste, will not change. I can tell, you’re breathing a sigh of relief right now, because mac & cheese seems to be one of those picky eater proof meals.
No More Dye
What will they do instead? Paprika, annatto, and turmeric will do the work from here on out. Actually, their character mac & cheese products like Spongebob and Star Wars, are already artificial dye free.
Kraft’s entire line of products will be dye-free by January 2016.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a change.org petition began in March which asked Kraft to remove dyes from it’s macaroni and cheese. So far, they’ve garnered 365,000 signatures.
Mac and Cheese has been a childhood staple for generations! It’s the go-to, busy school night, meal. And, be honest, that blue box of mac & cheese is what we leave for the babysitter to serve on nights when we adults can finally sneak away for a few hours.
Now, you don’t have to feed your kids artificial dyes. I mean, you could make homemade macaroni and cheese via Pinterest, but who has that kind of time? Especially, when that little blue box is so handy!
Going All Natural
Food dyes have been a hotly contested subject for quite some time. Certain studies link the consumption of food dye with hyperactivity and ADHD while other research contradicts this.
Either way, food dye only serves cosmetic purposes and, therefore, is totally unnecessary.
Kraft is not the only major food company going all natural. Nestle has been working to remove artificial dyes from all of their chocolate products. This is a huge step in the right direction!
If you are interested in learning more about reading food labels, I think you’ll find this blog very helpful!
The Busy Mom