A Shocking Difference In Ingredients Of US And UK Food Products Listed Down By Food Critic Vani Hari.
It is known that food products made in different countries use rather different ingredients in the production process. However, we tend to not notice these differences until we are in a different country trying the same product. The differences could be alarming.
According to American author and food critic Vani Hari also known as Food Babe says to BoredPanda in an interview that the most notable differences in food products were the comparison of items from the United Kingdom and of those from the United States. She mentions that it’s shocking to compare some of the products.
McDonald’s French Fries
Hari says that in the US the fries you order at McDonald’s have extra additives along with the natural vegetable oil and salt used.
Extending that the Quaker instant oatmeal in the UK is comparatively healthier than the one from the US. Bringing us to the question of whether the additional ingredients have an adverse effect on the health of Americans?
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets
“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, the cheaper color additive, and the cheaper preservative, even if these cheaper alternatives potentially have a negative impact on our health.”
“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,“ Hari states.
“While there are many causes behind these dire statistics, undoubtedly one of the primary causes is the American diet, which is full of risky ingredients that are not used to the same extent in other countries. American food is overloaded with bad fats, way too much cheap refined sugar, and heaps of synthetic additives,” Food Babe explained.
“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.”
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal
Hari is quite influential on the food industry: she persuaded Kraft to stop using artificial orange color in its macaroni and cheese, and partially helped convince Subway to drop the bread additive azodicarbonamide.
Macaroni & Cheese
Hari claims, “In 2015, Kellogg’s announced plans to remove artificial colors and flavors from their cereals by the end of 2018. Over 4 years later, Kellogg’s continues to sell several cereals made with artificial ingredients such as Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, and is launching new limited-edition cereals targeting young children made with these additives”
“Why is Kellogg’s creating brand new cereals with artificial ingredients if they truly want to remove these chemicals from cereals? Kellogg’s makes Froot Loops and Unicorn Cereal in other countries without artificial colors or BHT, so they already have the formula. We deserve the same, safer cereals that other countries get,” Hari firmly expressed her concern.