Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It’s so hearty, satisfying, and chock-full of dangerous chemicals.
“Hold on, what??” they ask. Then they give us this easy-to-read summary:
“The ABSOLUTE MINIMUM you need to know, in 50 words or less:
Boxed mac and cheese is high in phthalates because of plastic involved in processing, plus fat content. Phthalates are definitely a cause for concern, especially for infants and expecting females, but threshold doses aren’t known. It’s surprisingly easy to get high doses of phthalates from food, especially in the US.”
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“Phthalates are the go-to, toxic chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of vinyl. Common in synthetic scents, vinyl flooring, mini-blinds and shampoo, soap and makeup, air fresheners and scented candles, phthalates also infiltrate the food system in many ways that go far beyond plastic wrap. They don’t call it the “everywhere chemical” for nothing.
Perhaps what’s most shocking about this recent chemicals-in-mac-and-cheese report, commissioned by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, is that even some organic mac and cheese products contain these endocrine disruptors. And it begs the question, why is the Food and Drug Administration still allowing food-contact use in the U.S. when many European countries banned phthalates in food and moved on to readily available, safer alternatives?”
To read more of what Dr. Josh Axe says in “Chemicals in Mac and Cheese: What You Need to Know”, including great non-toxic alternatives to commercially supplied mac and cheese, click here