A few days ago I had Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese for lunch. As I read the ingredient list on the box, I started thinking about how it would compare to ingredients in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I started to do a little research. One of the first articles I found stated that you might as well eat Cheez-Its as a meal if you’re going with Kraft Mac and Cheese, because the ingredients are so similar. (I don’t snack on Cheez-Its either…possible future blog post.)
Here’s the comparison of ingredients lists:
Annie’s Ingredients: Organic Wheat Shell Pasta, Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Non-Animal Enzymes), Whey, Butter, Nonfat Milk, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Annatto Extract for Color.
Kraft’s Ingredients: Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Cheese Sauce Mix (Whey, Modified Food Starch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Contains Less Than 2% Of Parmesan Cheese [Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Dried Buttermilk, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Blue Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Sodium Phosphate, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Cream, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Enzymes, Yellow 5, Yellow 6).
If Annie’s can make the same product with natural and organic ingredients, then why do companies like Kraft have to add GMO’s and artificial dyes into the mix? The thing is, they don’t. This is the list of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the UK:
Macaroni (Durum Wheat Semolina), Cheese (10%), Whey Powder (From Milk), Lactose, Salt, Emulsifying Salts, Colours (Paprika Extract, Beta-Carotene).
The UK gets non-GMO pasta and natural colors from the same company. Lisa Leake, of 100 Days of Real Food, and Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, started a petition to ask Kraft to remove artifical dyes from their products. The petition (which I signed) has reached up to 300,000 signatures, yet Kraft has not yet responded. Why would we support a company that shows no concern for the health of their consumers and continues to make products with harmful ingredients? I would encourage you to stop buying Kraft products and look for healthier alternatives.