From Rodale News
Kraft foods has instituted a recall of about 242,000 cases of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinners because small metal pieces may have been mixed into the product. Boxes being recalled are the 7.25-ounce size of Original flavor featuring “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 with “C2” marked under the date (indicating the production line).
Three-, four-, and five-packs have also been recalled. The US Food and Drug Administration provides more details on the specific products affected. A refund is available by calling Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern).
While the metal pieces are cause for recall, they’re not the only questionable ingredients lurking in these blue and orange boxes. Check out these four concerning ingredients that are always found inside the box:
#1. Sodium Tripolyphosphate
Research has linked various kinds of phosphates to higher rates of chronic kidney disease and increased progression of the disease, weak bones, and premature death. Sodium tripolyphosophate (STPP) is only one of 45 different phosphate-containing food additives. STPP is a suspected neurotoxin, a registered pesticide, and an air contaminant in California.
This food dye is linked to allergy-like hypersensitivity and reactions and hyperactivity in some children. Also bad news? It’s also been found to be contaminated with cancer-causers.
Animal testing has shown that this dye is linked to adrenal gland and kidney tumors. Plus, it’s associated with occasional hypersensitivity reaction and can also be contaminated with carcinogens.
Other varieties of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese may have fewer artificial dyes, like SpongeBob SquarePants and Spider-Man character varieties.
While salt isn’t inherently bad, the American Heart Association recommends staying under 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily. One serving of the day-glo orange noodles contains 570 milligrams, or about a third of this recommendation. Even if you go with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of 2,300 milligrams, that’s still 25 percent. Not to mention that a box contains three servings, so if you eat the whole box, you can triple those figures. Yep: 75 to 100 percent of your daily sodium.
BY JULIA WESTBROOK for Rodalenews.com