On Oct. 31, the executive director at Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released an official statement disclosing that Kraft is removing the artificial food colorings Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from three 'kid-friendly' macaroni and cheese products. These artificial food colorings added to foods have been associated with behavioral differences (hyperactivity) in children, among other disorders.
What are they?
It is being questioned if these artificial food colorings are not only linked to hyperactivity but also other illnesses such as asthma, skin conditions and possibly a carcinogen in children. While a previous study found artificial colorings in a child's diet increased hyperactivity, more research is needed to prove other side effects.
Parents are becoming more aware of the dangers from the additives in consumable products given to their children. One blogger took it to the public with a petition in Change.org., which is an online service. Vani Hari called for the removal of all dyes from Kraft's products. You can sign the petition here.
There is accumulating evidence that chemical additives in food products may be a contributing factor in the behavioral differences in children. Parents are urged to read the ingredients on food packaging before purchasing products that may be detrimental to their children's health.
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