A revolution is happening. Are you part of it? I am. And I think with a little insight and education, you will be as well. The time has come for the people to join together to fight for what they believe in. And food is something I believe in. You should believe in food as well, because it’s no longer as simple as saying food is what we eat to sustain us. Our food is killing us. It’s making us fat, miserable and addicts. It’s loaded with GMOs, preservatives, chemicals and additives. And we keep coming back for more. What’s the first way to get someone hooked? Make the food look extra awesome. Think about my favorite childhood staple (and most likely your child’s current food staple) macaroni and cheese. What is more fantastic then serving up a giant bowl of yummy, delicious bright orange mac and cheese? Wonderful, yes. Good for you? No, but not for the reasons you think I’m going to write about.
I preach about real food. I try to make real food. By real I mean something my grandparents would recognize. Something that will eventually rot or spoil. Something that isn’t bright blue or purple. Something that grows. Most of the food I make is real. I don’t do much from a box. However, I have a weak spot for macaroni and cheese. A childhood staple and an adult comfort food. And while I now make it from scratch, prior to this my go to Mac and Cheese was the friendly blue box, made by Kraft. But not anymore, not after reading a blog post from 100daysofrealfood where I learned the following:
“We recently discovered that several American food products contain harmful additives that are not used – and in some cases banned – in other countries. One of those products is an iconic staple that almost every American, us included, has had at one time or another: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.”
Hold the phone. My beloved Kraft Mac and Cheese contained ingredients that contained harmful additives, dyes and other nasties that were BANNED in other countries? And Kraft says it’s ok because the FDA says so? Have you seen what else the FDA also allows in food?
Each day I learn more about food, our food system and food policy and all I can say is that something is dreadfully wrong with the system. Food dyes are not a good thing. Specific ones like Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, the three most widely used dyes, were contaminated with likely human carcinogens. And more and more teachers and parents are starting to see a host of behavioral issues springing up in children that they think is directly correlated to the amount of processed and dyed food they are eating (source Wall Street Journal).
“So don’t eat it!” people say. Not that simple. Close to 80% of parents work. Kids are picky. Money is tight. Mac and cheese is a quick and easy fix for almost everyone I know. People simply don’t have the time to make it from scratch or the money to seek out organics. What they do have is brand loyalty. We see that blue box on the shelf and we grab it because it’s Kraft, and Kraft is good. At least that is how we’ve been trained by advertising and marketing.
Here’s where the revolution comes in, here’s where you become the warrior you are meant to be. You have a voice. In today’s world, change is happening because of social media. How many Facebook friends to you have? Followers on Twitter? Colleagues on Linkedin? Followers on Instagram? Circles in Google+? Read and sign the petition Post or blog about it. Go onto Kraft‘s Facebook page and say something. I did. Mention it to your friends. Tell your grocery store manager to say something to the distributor. Discuss at your book club. Educate people. The more people who want these dyes gone, the more voices we have in this fight.
Revolutions don’t just happen. hey are the result of people grouping together to demand change. Kraft has already changed its recipe in other countries because the substances that are allowed in the US are banned over there. We, and our children deserve the same respect. We have been loyal to Kraft and they owe us this. Tell Kraft to be an example of how big business can look out for its people. Don’t be thrown when they show you the line of products they carry without artificial dyes. IT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH! These companies have billions of dollars at their disposal. Will it hurt their bottom line to change the recipe? Probably a little but remember, they’ve already done it overseas without compromising taste. Plus, do we honestly care if profits dip a little? I don’t. This stuff is bad for you, and I, for one, will not eat it. I don’t want you or your kids to eat it. Remember when we were told cigarettes were good for you? Well, Kraft says the same about dyes. Be part of the revolution. Go over to Change.org or 100DaysofRealFood and sign the petition. Use your voice. Be loud, be strong. Be warriors.
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About the Author: Courtney Abrams is a Health Coach and Founder of Roslyn Wellness. Trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she helps clients work within the realities of their day to day lives to find ways to make small and manageable changes to their health that can maintained over time. Her clients include people trying to lose weight, beat sugar, increase their energy, cook simple healthful food and reduce stress to name a few. She also shares a passion for food policy and educating people about the foods they are eating and the governmental role behind much of it. You can learn more about Courtney and Roslyn Wellness at http://RoslynWellness.com.