So, for a little light reading lately I've been perusing The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick, by Robyn O'Brien. As you can probably surmise from the title, the book is filled with all kinds of frightening background and tidbits on the food that's on store shelves these days. One issue in particular struck a nerve with me ... not so much because it's my family's favorite ... but because it is one of America's favorite foods: mac n' cheese.

Would you believe that last year the good folks at Kraft decided (with a little consumer prompting) to remove artificial colorings, like yellow #5, and chemical sweeteners like aspartame, from the products that they distribute in Europe, Australia and other developed countries. But, it seems they haven't removed these chemicals and colorings from the mac n' cheese that they distribute in the U.S. Why? Because they didn't think we'd notice.  

How infuriating!

I immediately hit the Web to learn more about this, and I found that blogger Joan Blades over at recently came to the same conclusion that I did. She's launching a letter-writing campaign to get the folks at Kraft to value the health of Americans as much as they do those in other countries. Here's an excerpt from her post:

"Join us in sending Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld a letter asking that Kraft value the health of our children as highly as they value the children in other countries. And please then share this email with friends and family so that they too can send a letter."
Here's the link to join the MomRising campaign:

Come on everyone, let's join together and make sure that our voices are heard on this one!

Photo: Chandra Marsono

Safer mac n' cheese, please
Why does the American version of this family favorite have more chemicals than the European variety?