We all know that food product sold in different countries have a small difference in the ingredients used to make these items.
An American author and food industry critic Vani Hari, better known as Food Babe listed the ingredients of US and UK products, and the difference is noticeable.
Let’s take a look.
Bored Panda spoke to Hari known as food babe to get more info about food, nutrition, and the reasons why products have different ingredients in the US and the UK.
Food Babe told: ‘Europe takes a “precautionary principle” approach towards food additives that are potentially risky.
They ban or add warning labels to these additives for their citizens.The US does not take this approach. It does not remove additives from our food supply until they have been proven dangerous – which can take a very long time and a lot of red tape.
”Big Food companies will tell you that the European regulators are just being overly cautious, that all of the ingredients they put in their American products are perfectly safe.
But are they really?” Food Babe asked.“If a company can get away with using cheaper ingredients, they will. Given a choice, they’ll always opt for the cheaper flavor enhancer, and the cheaper color additive, and the cheaper preservative, even if these cheaper alternatives potentially have a negative impact on our health.
”As I discuss in my book Feeding You Lies, the statistics on the health of Americans is downright grim.
The U.S. spends 2. 5 times more on health care than any other nation and when compared with 16 other developed nations, we come in dead last in terms of health. More than two-thirds of U. S. citizens are overweight and more than 18% of children are obese.
After smoking, obesity is America’s biggest cause of premature death.”
”Blindly trusting what it says on the front of a food package is a big mistake.”
”Claims like “natural”, “healthy”, “diet”, and “sugar-free” mean very little.
Instead, always flip over the product and read the ingredient list.This will tell you the truth about what you are eating. If the food contains any additives or preservatives, ask yourself why they are used and whether they’re really necessary.
If you don’t know what an ingredient or additive is or how it can affect your health, put the product back and look for a product made with real food instead.”
Food Babe has a huge following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She has had quite an effect on the food industry and has influenced Kraft to stop putting in the artificial orange color in its macaroni and cheese.
”When I first saw Kellogg’s new Baby Shark Cereal my heart sank. My daughter, who is 2 years old, loves the Baby Shark song — and I knew when she saw this she would beg me for a box! These ingredients do not belong in our food — especially for children.
This is why I launched a petition two weeks ago asking Kellogg’s to remove the artificial colors, artificial flavors, and BHT from their cereals in the U.S. as they do in other countries. It has surpassed 40,000 signatures and climbing. ”
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