If you buy this popular product, please be aware that Your Mac And Cheese May Contain Harmful Chemicals.
When I read the article yesterday in the New York Times, I knew I had to write a post about it. I had to inform my audience of the dangerous chemicals that this popular product may contain, and how you can easily make your own mac and cheese at home.
Let’s face it. You want your kids to eat healthy, and eat lots of fruits and veggies. But kids also like pasta. Specially mac and cheese. At home, we eat pasta once a week, and I try different sauces. My son’s favorite is the “cheese” sauce. But I make it from scratch, with “real” ingredients.
You can add some goodness by including vegetables in the sauces, or as toppings. One of my son’s favorite homemade mac and cheese meals is Queen Elsa Snowy Mac and Cheese. A recipe that is extremely easy to prepare, and so much fun for kids to eat. This recipe will help you stay away from the idea that your mac and cheese may contain harmful chemicals.
Now, let me explain why you need to avoid commercial mac and cheese. The dangers, the poor quality of their ingredients, and the future problems you or your kids can have by eating them.
Your Mac And Cheese May Contain Harmful Chemicals
We already know those little boxes of mac and cheese offer no nutrition, and have no real ingredients. The cheese is not “real cheese”. Look at the neon yellow color. It is an artificial dye that has been already linked to several behavioral issues in children.
But there is another problem: Your mac and cheese may contain plastic!
These chemicals are called phthalates. They can disrupt male hormones like testosterone and have been linked to genital birth defects in infant boys and learning and behavior problems in older children.
But they are not deliberately added to food. They are industrial chemicals used to soften plastics and are used as solvents, in adhesives and in ink on packaging.
Phthalates were banned from children’s teething rings and rubber duck toys about a decade ago, but may still be present in high concentrations in your child’s favorite meal: macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese.
Now a new study of 30 cheese products has detected phthalates in all but one of the samples tested, with the highest concentrations found in the highly processed cheese powder in boxed mac and cheese mixes.
The study tested 10 different varieties, including some that were labeled organic, and found high levels of phthalates in all of them. They looked for the presence of 13 different phthalates and detected all but two, with some food items containing up to six different phthalates in a single product.
Emerging research suggests links between early childhood exposure to phthalates and developmental and behavior problems in young children, including aggression, hyperactivity and possible cognitive delays, said Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, who studies phthalates.
The main recommendation here if you want to avoid phthalates, is to minimize the amount of processed food you eat. “Avoid anything you find in a box that could sit around for many years,” said Dr. Sathyanarayana. “There are so many steps to get to that boxed product, and every step along the way, there’s usually plastic involved.”
What you can do to avoid dangerous chemicals
Try to stay away from plastic as much as possible. Never heat food in plastic containers in the microwave, switch to glass containers that are safer for you and your family.
Make your own mac and cheese. It is very easy and tastes so much better. You can choose your favorite pasta, and add some good quality ingredients. Check out my Healthy Homemade Mac and Cheese recipe.
I like using Green Lentil Elbow Macaroni Pasta. Made with only one healthy ingredient: organic green lentils. Isn’t it awesome? This is my new favorite pasta (recently discovered it), and I highly recommended as a healthier alternative to traditional “empty calories” pastas.
Try quinoa instead of pasta
Be more creative and switch the pasta for quinoa. The combination of quinoa and cheese is absolutely delicious. It is also a super nutritious meal, check out my Quinoa Mac And Cheese With Broccoli recipe. My kids love it!
Now you know Your Mac And Cheese May Contain Harmful Chemicals. Stay always informed and away from the dangers of eating processed foods. Homemade food is always the best kind.
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