Let’s Get Real about Artificial Ingredients

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I recently read a news article that said Kraft is reworking its macaroni and cheese recipe so that the household staple will no longer contain artificial dyes beginning January 2016.

Kraft insists this move is a reflection of consumer preferences. In fact, Food Babe started a petition on Change.org in 2013 asking Kraft to stop using artificial dyes and preservatives in its products. That single petition garnered more than 350,000 signatures.

Readable and Edible Ingredients

The verdict is in: people want to be able to feed their families real food! So, instead of yellow dye numbers 5 and 6, Kraft will use a combination of turmeric, paprika, and annatto. And Kraft promises that the taste we’ve grown up with will not change.

Since this big move by Kraft, Hershey’s, Frito-Lay, and Nestlé have each announced that they are working to remove artificial ingredients from their products as well. This is a big step in the right direction!

Artificial dyes are derived from petroleum, have no known nutritional value, and are banned in countries like Norway, Austria, and the United Kingdom. So, why are we allowing artificial dyes in our food?

For the Whole Family

It’s nice to know the blue box you leave out for the babysitter when you finally get a night away from the children is no longer a box of noodles and chemicals!

So, what do artificial ingredients have to do with your oral health? When we are running nutritional deficits, our bodies are not able to keep our bones strong, and our digestive tract suffers as well. Both of these things directly affect the health of our teeth and gums.

For more information on your oral health, keep reading our blog!

~Dr. Marea White