Mom Bloggers Attack Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

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What the hell is cheesy pasta?Remember pink slime? Remember screwy additives in Gatorade? I always get a kick out of small efforts by consumers and advocates whose issues with large companies gain momentum and lead to changes in our food system.

See also:
- Former Pink Slime Beef Processors are Dropping Ammonia and Picking Up Their Knives

Pink slime has been abandoned by many restaurants and grocery stores, sufficient to cause the company that manufactures the lean finely textured beef to shut down several plants. Sarah Kavanagh, a high school student in Mississippi, started a petition to get PepsiCo to stop using brominated vegetable oil, a stabilizer. The company since removed the ingredient from its sports beverage.

Now two mom-bloggers are aiming their sites at Kraft, charging the company's use of artificial food dyes is putting American children at risk.

Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 have been linked to a whole host of maladies sufficient to cause some European companies to ban the chemicals and others to require warnings on the packages. In response, Kraft has replaced the dye in European products with natural beta carotene and paprika, which yield about the same color in the finished product. They also label the boxes cheesy pasta instead of macaroni and cheese, which I point out for no rational reason other than I find it humorous.

If you're inclined, Lisa Leake and Vani Hari have started a petition on change.org to try to get Kraft's attention. They're only 20,000 signatures away from reaching their goal.

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xmantx
xmantx

Wow, a lot of dumb comments here from idiots. This is just part of the problem of big companies that could care less about our health. This is just a small case. Pay attention people! Geez, these big giants are poisoning us every year and they don't care. No wonder so many people are getting sick. Wake up.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I just got back from Kroger.  I had the urge to knock all of the Kraft Mac and Cheese boxes onto the floor.

alesandra
alesandra

The irony of people taking the time to comment on an activity they think is a waste of time is pretty fantastic.  That these women have blogs or children is completely immaterial to the discussion, but don't let facts get in the way of a good personal attack.  Kraft is knowingly using products here in the US that they are not allowed to in other parts of the world because of the potential dangers from those additives.  There's nothing wrong at all in raising awareness about this.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

You all seem to missing the point which is why can Kraft sell this product in England without the dyes but sell it here in 'Merica with the dyes.

Answer: Because 'Mericans are, on the whole, STUPID.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Let's see ......boil some water and add elbow noodles; add some Velveeta-voile, 7 minutes!  Is this really an issue, or is it two tubby housemom's bored watching those little demons, and drinking too much chardonnay? Come to think of it, I'd be crazy also in the same scenario. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Let's see...Annie's Organic version is pretty good, and Alton Brown's stovetop mac & cheese recipe is just as quick and 100 times more delicious, with absolutely no odd ingredients and the ability to tailor it to your taste.

I'm guessing these are the same moms who get the 30-something ugly-ass bob cut because they claim they just don't have time to do their hair.

todd
todd

All that energy put into telling someone how to run their business instead of making their own goddamn mac n cheese.  

 

Jenn
Jenn

Vani Hari is not a "mom" blogger. Lisa Leake is a food blogger who happens to be a mom. It seems dismissive to lump these ladies in with the superficial mommy blogger set when a) if Vani Hari has kids, she sure doesn't mention them on her blog and b) their websites are almost exclusively about healthy eating. My take on your post is that you think it's super cute that these "mommy bloggers" (who are not mommy bloggers) are trying to take on Kraft....but the point is one that should concern us all, whether we're moms or not. These food additives are potentially toxic, unnecessary..and too many Americans load up their grocery carts without even knowing this. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

My God, this is the product from Hell.  Alongside Spam and Froot Loops they have to be the leading killer "foods" in America.

stevel
stevel

Why don't they invest their energy in making homemade Mac and Cheese?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

for fucks sake, there is bad shit in everything we eat, and if they have such a big problem with it, instead of cooking a box of mac n cheese for your kids bc you are either lazy or claim to not have enough time, make some homemade mac bitches.

J_A_
J_A_

Will I be this annoying when I have children? *ponders*

monstruss
monstruss

@Mervis_Earl Americans aren't stupid, we've just been conditioned to believe that convenience is better than quality. 

danielslauren
danielslauren

@Mervis_Earl Yeah. The deal is that Europeans don't allow that stuff in their food. HFCS is also not allowed in Europe. It's not anything Kraft has done. it's what people have allowed. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship fuck yeah, add some rotel to that shit and make it spicy,,  oooh wee, Im happier than than a pig in mud

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Scruffygeist How easily do you think you can find Annie's Organic in South Dallas?


I agree, I don't eat the stuff either, but...

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@todd


That's the way the world is now Todd  everybody bitching and nobody utilizing simple solutions, like, "making their own goddamn mac n cheese". 

Jenn
Jenn

@todd Both of those bloggers do just that. The problem is that so many people don't...and the trade-off for those who choose convenience should not be toxic food. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Jenn 

Holy fuck, I got to "Vani Hari" and my brain just shut off.....get a frickin' hobby!  That is too much in a post.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

right?!  and turkey is the silent killer.........AND WATCH OUT for water-that can kill you also.  Other things that will certainly kill ALL of us:

-mundane posts from lonely and bored house frau's

-meat

-light

-air

-global warming

-Justin Beaver


Nictacular
Nictacular

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Froot Loops will kill me? DAMMIT! First salami and bacon, now Froot Loops? IS THERE NOTHING LEFT TO LIVE FOR?!?!

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@stevelIsn't that irrelevant? Making mac from scratch will set you back $15 -$20? You van get a box for $.99. Most of Americans eat this way.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@JaniceA 

If you don't have hobbies-yes!  If you sit around all day with nothing to do except pilates and chardonnay, you are DOOMED to this fate. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@scott.reitz By that logic the bitching should be most about the store-brand Kraft knock-offs then.

todd
todd

@Jenn @todd My deepest apologies for making an assumption.  Still, as noble as their cause may be, I don't understand attacking Kraft.  They are in business to make money within the confines of the law.  They list, as required by law, the ingredients in their products.  Yet they are the bad guy?  Why not go after the FDA for allowing Yellows 5 & 6 to be served in our food?  That way the people who choose some other convenience product are protected as well.    

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Jenn

So, the rest of us care why?   Go jump on the Global Warming train, or picket out front of titty bars.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @Jenn Jenn must be a "mommy" blogger too  something got up her vagina to piss her off.  Hey Jenn did you read what I said below, if you dont like the additives dont buy boxed shit, cook fresh honey....whats that?  oh its the kitchen calling now make me a additive free sammich

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

I have three kids, one a mere 3 years old, but I WILL NOT "set" around and ponder BS; we do sh+t!  The three year old can hike nearly a mile, rides a 4 wheeler, know how to cook, and is a good fisherbaby.....it's not always about BS.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@danielslauren


They are (dramatic Wagnerian music, then pregnant pause)...... KILLERS!  Don't let em fool you with the fruity, and the loopy, and the different colors-and that evil toucan; the birdy devil with a large beak.  


ps-Just as dangerous?  Grape Nuts.  They'll turn you into an 85 year old knitting granny in two bites!

anon
anon

@todd @Jenn yes, Kraft has absolutely no role to play in keeping those dyes legal in the US. they don't throw money at politicians or indirectly control the regulators. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

What's funnier than drinking in a dark cavern, lookin' at some sweater meat, then walking into the cruel light, and seeing some fat lady with a dyke haircut, in size 44 jeans, holding a sign that says "Repent!". 

ps-Then you get in yer monster truck.

J_A_
J_A_

@kergo1spaceship @ScottsMerkin Who'd a thunk powdered cheese that comes out of a blue cardboard box might be bad for you? WE NEED WARNING STICKERS AND WE NEED THEM NOW! Think of the children!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

IN MOMMY BLOGGER NEWS TODAY:

tv dinners are not good and will make you fat........OK, now let's start a petition with all the other neighborhood moms and celebrate cleansing this banal, crazy world. 


ps-Or just make something healthy (brilliant!)

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