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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sign the Petition

Have you heard the latest news on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese using food dye, namely yellow #5 and #6 in their products marketed towards kids? Did you know that these dyes are petroleum based, and albeit deemed safe by the FDA, are known to cause attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders in children? Did you know that Kraft makes a special brand for their European Consumers without food dye, as a warning label stating the above mentioned health risks must be put on any product containing food dye in Europe?

Over 270,000 Americans have signed a petition asking Kraft to give the American Consumer the same respect that they offer those in Europe, by removing food dye to their products, especially those that are targeted to our children. Over two weeks passed and Kraft finally made a statement that we do not want our Kraft Macaroni and Cheese to change. I do not know who "we" are and neither do the leaders of this campaign, Vani Hari (Foodbabe.com) and Lisa Leake (100daysofrealfood.com). 

What can you do? Please sign the petition asking Kraft to remove food dye from their Macaroni and Cheese at:  http://www.change.org/petitions/kraft-stop-using-dangerous-food-dyes-in-our-mac-cheese.
Also, boycott products made by and owned by Kraft. An in-depth list can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kraft_brands. Wow, when you see this list you'll almost think there is nothing safe left to buy at the grocery store, but wait just a minute. Make a statement with your wallet. Shop at the closest health food store near you, like Good Harvest Market (Pewaukee), Health Hut (Bluemound Rd. and Hwy 100), Whole Foods Market (East Side), Outpost Natural Foods (East Side, Wauwatosa, Bayview) and Trader Joes (Bayshore and Bluemound). Organic produce is not owned by "big manufacturing" and these stores offer many organic products that come from companies with integrity. 

Hopefully together we can change the climate of our food and health industry. I do not want to be and/or eat a science experiment made in a lab. Maybe we can one day understand that good, healthy, food does cost a little bit more, but an investment into our food now could save us thousands in health care costs as we age. Before you buy the latest and greatest cell phone or upgrade to digital cable with HBO, consider how that money could be put to your health. We owe it to ourselves to treat our bodies with respect.  

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