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This is where I get a little itchy on the subject.  When Kraft was contacted for a comment on their use of one of the 11 banned ingredients in their macaroni and cheese products, this is what they had to say:

From the link, 11 Food Ingredients Banned Outside the U.S. That We Eat

"We carefully follow the laws and regulations in the countries where our products are sold. So in the U.S., we only use ingredients that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the Food and Drug Administration."

The above just translated to me, if the law allows it, we will use it (no matter what studies and other countries think).  And it passes responsibility to another entity, our government regulations.  There's no confirmation there that Kraft feels confident in their product, only that they are allowed by law to use these ingredients.  

If other countries ban these ingredients, there must be healthier options available.  Do you think our country should follow suit in some ingredient bans? 

Also at the link you can find a book referenced that some may be interested in if they are looking for researched shopping options. 

The Caltons, who it the husband and wife team that wrote the book, Rich Food, Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System, Jayson Calton, who has a Ph.D. in nutrition, and Mira Calton, a licensed certified nutritionist, said they are not calling on the FDA to ban these ingredients, they said "all of the ingredients on the list pose a potential danger to consumers and we feel the consumer should be made aware so that they can make an informed decision as to whether or not they want to buy a product with these ingredients."

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We will not buy anything with red dye 40 in it.  My husband has read too many bad things about it.  thank you for posting this article.   It is amazing how many items have unnecessary dye in them, grape juice, for example, seriously???  Why do you need dye in grape juice?  I notice while in the grocery store more and more people are reading the labels.  They need to do something.  Needless to say, our son is not happy about it, but in the end I hope he realizes we are just looking out for his well being.

Joyce, you are very welcome.  I try to add things that I find helpful in my own parenting journey in hopes it could be interesting to some of you that hang out here.   :) 

What are your thoughts on genetically modified foods.Monsanto has taken control over the worlds food seeds and their genetically modified food has now been link to several diseases. It's now getting to the point that we wont have an option on what we put into our bodies. Read all about Monsanto here and let me know your thoughts.

Is the Fast-Food Bread You're Eating Dangerous?  Here's another ingredient found in fastfood breads (such as Subway and Starbucks) that is banned in some other countries but are legal to use in the U. S. 

Shawn, I'd like to read this but the link didn't work.  It went to another story on Polk Moms...  please re-post whenever you have a minute :)

We switched to unprocessed foods 2 years ago. If it is processed - it is processed by me. Pickles without food coloring. Canned tomatoes in PBA free glass jars. Now that I am doing it, it's not too hard to keep up. We use a local when we can and aim for organic (which can challenge my budget). 

Lots of info at the October Unprocessed Challenge - we got started participating 2 years ago.

http://www.eatingrules.com/october-unprocessed-2013/

I'm pretty careful about the food that enters this house anymore.  Most of what I eat is homemade, and where I make concessions to the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to have time to, say, BREATHE, I find the best possible alternative I can.

In trying to find those alternatives, good GRIEF, it's almost impossible to find any sort of stock or broth without some sugar in it.  I finally found an organic vegetable stock that didn't have sugar, so that's what I'm now using (at twice the price of the Publix brand... sigh).  But my time is worth four bucks, so I suck it up and pay.

Yikes, sorry!  Thanks for letting me know.  It looks like my copy/paste failed me for a moment and used what was already loaded.  I fixed the link above but I'll add it right here, too. 

Is the Fast-Food Bread You're Eating Dangerous?

Joyce H said:

Shawn, I'd like to read this but the link didn't work.  It went to another story on Polk Moms...  please re-post whenever you have a minute :)

Thanks, Shawn.  I find it curious and interesting as to why other countries ban this stuff and the U.S. just has no problem with it....



Shawn Spivey said:

Yikes, sorry!  Thanks for letting me know.  It looks like my copy/paste failed me for a moment and used what was already loaded.  I fixed the link above but I'll add it right here, too. 

Is the Fast-Food Bread You're Eating Dangerous?

Joyce H said:

Shawn, I'd like to read this but the link didn't work.  It went to another story on Polk Moms...  please re-post whenever you have a minute :)

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