She discovered that the differences between the products were most noticeable when she went to the U.K. from the USA. When comparing the consequences, she found that they had different ingredients. The differences were most apparent when she reached the elements of U.K. products with those of U.S. products.
She posted her findings online and received lots of negative feedback. Some people said her results were ridiculous, while others thought she should not publish such information.
McDonald’s French Fries
Suppose you’re living in the United States. In that case, the fries you order from McDonald’s may contain more than just natural vegetable oils and salt. Although the Quaker instant oatmeals you make for breakfast aren’t any healthier in the U.K., when considered broadly, many foods have healthier U.K. alternatives.
This raises the question of whether these additional ingredients impact Americans and what they could be. Facebook user “Kacey-Birch” shared Food Babe’s comparison pictures online with the words, “Are we going to talk about this yet?” The post gained more than 8,500 Likes, 6,200 Comments, and 128,000 Shares.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets
In the United-States, the FDA regulates the safety of foods. However, the agency doesn’t test every single ingredient used in processed foods; instead, it tests only those chemicals deemed necessary by Congress to protect public health. In contrast, the European Union requires that all ingredients be tested before they’re allowed into the market. The E.U. also limits what kinds of ingredients can be added to food. For example, the E.U. prohibits artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives.
“The reason Europe doesn’t allow additives in food is that we do testing,” says Food Babe. “We know what happens to your body when you eat certain things.” Food Babe continues, “In America, the government doesn’t require any testing of ingredients. That means that whenever you see an ingredient on a label, you can’t be 100% sure what it is doing to your body. You might think that something is good for you when in reality, it could be harming you.”
“In my new book, Feeding You Lies, I compare the statistics on the health and nutrition of Americans to those of 16 other developed countries. We spend far more on health care per capita than any other country. Yet, our people die younger from preventable diseases. And although we eat healthier food than ever, obesity rates are soaring among adults and children.”
“While there are multiple reasons Americans eat so poorly, one of them is our diets. We consume far too much junk food and processed foods and are also addicted to sugary drinks. In addition, we’re often exposed to dangerous chemicals through common household products such as cleaning supplies.” Food Babe elaborated.
The biggest mistake people make regarding diets is blindly trusting what it says on a food packaging label. Claims such as “natural”, “healthy”, “diet” and “sugar-free” mean nothing. In addition, claims like these often contain ingredients that aren’t necessarily healthy. For example, if a product contains sugar alcohol, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. If a product contains artificial sweeteners, then it doesn’t mean it’ll help you lose weight. Also, products that claim to be natural may not be. Often, companies will add preservatives to foods to last longer and taste better. These preservatives can be harmful to your body. For example, BHA (butylated hydroxytoluene) can cause cancer. So, the best-thing to do is to avoid processed foods altogether.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal
Food Babe is well known in the U.S. and the world, with more than one million followers on Facebook, 300,000 supporters on Instagram, and 100,000 fans on Twitter. She has had quite an impact on the food industry: She influenced Kraft to stop putting artificial orange color in its macaroni & cheese and, in part, helped convince Subway to drop bread additive azodicarbonamide. “When I first saw the new Kellogg’s cereal, my heart sunk. My daughter, who was two then, loved the baby shark song – and I knew when she’d see this, she would ask for a box! These additives do not belong in our foods, especially for children. This is why I launched a petition last week asking Kellogg’s to change their cereals in the United States, just like they do in other countries.”
Macaroni & Cheese
In 2015, Kellogg’s launched a campaign called CerealCrueltyFree. They pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from all their cereals by 2018. Four years later, Kellogg’s continues to sell several bowls of cereal made with synthetic ingredients such as Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks. And they’re launching new limited edition cereals, made with artificial ingredients, targeting young children.
Why is Kellogg’s creating new cereals with artificial colors and flavors if they genuinely want to eliminate these harmful chemicals from cereals? Other countries make Froot Loops and Unicorns without artificial colors or BHT, so why can’t we? We deserve the same safe cereals that other countries receive.”
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