Dr Oz: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Artificial Dye Warning
If you were thinking about making Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for your children today, you might want to think twice about making it. Dr. Oz has a warning about this popular comfort food and the artificial dyes being used to add color to the product. Keep reading to find out what dangers could be inside that box of macaroni and cheese.
Dr Oz: Yellow Dye #5 & #6 Found In Kraft Mac & Cheese, Banned In Europe
Have you ever looked at the back of a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box? Have you ever read the ingredients carefully? You probably haven’t because as consumers, we normally believe the food we are getting at the grocery store is safe to consume. But if you have read the ingredients list then you know Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contains yellow dye #5 and #6, two dyes that have been banned in European countries. Dr. Oz wants to know why Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is still adding this ingredient to their products.
Dr Oz: Yellow Dye #5 and #6 Made From Petroleum
Food bloggers Lisa Leake and Vani Hari are both on a mission to raise awareness about the amount of artificial ingredients being used in processed foods. They are especially worried about yellow dye #5 and #6 found in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, both of which are actually petroleum-based and offer no type of nutritional value.
Both Leake and Hari said the yellow dyes do pose a health risk for children. In Europe, yellow dye #5 and #6 have been replaced with paprika extract and beta-carotene because they are natural sources that can be used to color food while posing no health risks to our children.
When Dr. Oz asked, Kraft said safety is their highest concern, and since those artificial dyes are approved by the FDA they are following the required guidelines in the manufacturing of their products. Kraft also said they have products with more natural ingredients, but Leake and Hari both pointed out the ones geared towards kids, the ones with cartoons on the box, contain yellow dye #5 and #6.
Dr Oz: Hyperactivity In Children Caused By Yellow Dye #5 and #6
Michael Jacobson told Dr. Oz companies use yellow dye #5 and #6 because it is a cheap way to add color to food. He believes no manufacturer should be using these dyes, but he also said it is the responsibility of the FDA to stop allowing these dyes to be used in the food supply. He told Dr. Oz there have been studies showing yellow dye #5 and #6 caused hyperactivity in children, something the FDA has know for two years but has done nothing about.
Dr Oz: Artificial Dye Recommendation
Dr. Oz believes that we should put the health of our children first by removing artificial dyes from their diet. He also asked that all manufacturers remove the artificial dyes from their products or prove, without a doubt, that the products are 100 percent safe for everyone.