Exploiting Americans with ingredients banned in other countries : Food Babe investigates, and I get angry.
Having written before about the astonishing differences between the UK and US versions of the same products (read here about Sour Patch Kids, my favorite additive-filled treat), I was intrigued after being directed to this article over at 100 Days of Real food.
Reading about the plethora of American food products that are made of ingredients that are illegal nearly everywhere except the United States makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. Especially when some of those ingredients are things that no person, ever, should have in their body-petroleum derivatives, “accepted levels” of silicone, and double MSG-for example. It’s not as if I was ever a person who loved and depended on processed foods for my required caloric intake, and for that I thank my parents. But the idea that people trying to provide themselves and their families with real food have to try extra hard just to have that “real” food not be full of cancer-causing shit, is disgusting and shameful.
The biggest, strangest part of it all, as far as I’m concerned, is that this article is comparing products that are the “same”. Meaning American Pringles and English Pringles are made of similar, but not identical ingredients. Same with something as boring as oatmeal! Meaning that, at every possible turn, the American companies (Kellogg’s, General Mills, Kraft, Pepsi, M&M/Mars, et al) are adding ingredients that the products don’t need, purely for financial gain, and to the detriment of the American public and their health. Shameful. Deceptive, unnecessary, and shameful.
Please read the article on 100 days of real food, and check out her very interesting (and infuriating) side-by-side comparisons of various products as they are produced in American and the UK. It’s eye-opening. And terrifying. Well done for exposing this nonsense, Food Babe.