A & # 39; food activist & # 39; has recalled the differences in ingredient lists on the same packaged products when they are sold in the US versus the UK.
Vani Hari, online by the nickname The Food Babe, showed the differences between common bodega goods such as chips and soft drinks and how they are formulated on both sides of the Atlantic.
The author and campaigner, 38, shared her findings with her audience, who were shocked to see ingredients such as the BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene) preservative and artificial colorants in products sold to American consumers, while the British versions – and Australian and Canadian versions – without coming.
Yikes! A package from Doritos sold in America, left, appears to contain controversial chemical compounds such as & # 39; Red 40, Blue 1 and Yellow 5 & # 39; – but they are not used in the British version
Chocolate surprise: a comparison shows the use of artificial Yellow 6 in Creme Eggs sold in the US, while pepper extract is used in the UK
Bloggers based in North Carolina regularly share such messages with its 283,000 followers.
While citing the differences, she threw the food companies involved to poison & # 39; consumers for profit & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Although artificial colorants are common in America, it does not make them safe to eat, & # 39; said Vani.
She explained that food companies in Europe are required to include warning labels if they use artificial colorants – hence many choose not to use them.
& # 39; That's one reason why the British version is so different, she added.
& # 39; Companies don't want to give warnings about food packages, because that would not be good for business. To make matters worse, they add high fructose corn syrup, cellulose gum and artificial preservatives to the American version.
Complicated: In America, the classic tomato ketchup from Heinz seems to have more complicated ingredients compared to its British counterpart, precisely
She believes that American companies continue to sell the products with artificial ingredients because they are & # 39; cheaper to produce & # 39; and & # 39; they get away with it & # 39 ;.
Campaigner: Vani Hari, pictured, regularly calls food companies for questionable ingredients
For example, she mentions the way in which Red 40 is used in the production of Doritos in America.
Red 40 is a & # 39; certified color that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tar & # 39; and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires it to be named on food and product labels.
Healthline writes that according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest Red 40 and other AFCs can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Research shows that they can also cause hyperactivity in children and immune system tumors in mice.
Red 40 also contains p-Cresidine, which the US Department of Health and Human Services says & # 39; is reasonably expected to do & # 39; that it is a carcinogen for humans (cancer formation).
Vani reveals that the controversial dye is also included in Quaker Strawberries and Cream oatmeal – while in the UK & # 39; freeze-dried & # 39; contain pieces of fruit.
Culpit: Red 40 reappears on Quaker & # 39; s Strawberry & Cream Instant Oatmeal label when manufacturing Stateside, left
In the UK, Mountain Dew energy drink gets its bright yellow color from beta carotene (a natural color derived from carrots and other orange / yellow foods), but in the US, where the drink is manufactured by PepsiCo, it is a different story.
Vani writes that his color comes from Yellow 5, also known as a petroleum-based dye called Tartrazine. Since the nineties, when it was already, much has been written about Tartrazine rumored to influence reproduction in men.
However, to date, most studies of tartrazine have been conducted in rats, but it is generally recognized that children who eat large doses of artificial colorants, & # 39; negative & # 39; affected compared to children who received less.
Tartrazine: While Mountain Dew sold to British soft drink lovers contains colors derived from beta carotene, Yellow 5 aka Tartrazine is used by Pepsi Co. in the US, left
Color: Sunny D manufacturers also use Yellow 5 aka Tartrazine in the US while they do not in the UK, left
In 2015, former management consultant and mom-of-one Vani became a & # 39; food terrorist & # 39; named by Dr. Steven Novella, a clinical neurologist and assistant professor at the medical faculty of Yale University.
& # 39; It's almost like she's a food terrorist, & # 39; he said. & # 39; She will focus on a good-natured ingredient with a scary sounding name. Her criteria are: if she can't pronounce it, it's scary. & # 39;
& # 39; What she does over and over again is to focus on a chemical and try to provoke an aversion reflex by talking about for what other purposes a chemical is used or from which it is derived, & # 39; said Dr. Stephen.
Find the difference: Vani also mentions the differences between the same products when they are sold in the US, links and Australia
However, her methods have often worked – at least in creating publicity.
Earlier this month, the Kelloggs grain company responded to Vani following a request to stop adding BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene) preservative and artificial food colors to their children's breakfast cereals.
While Kelloggs said they & # 39; will not sacrifice great taste and quality & # 39; by removing the ingredients, Vani was happy that they had taken note of the criticism.
Campaign: Vani hired Kelloggs and asked for years to remove BHT and artificial food colorants such as Red 40 from their American products, but not from other countries such as Canada, anyway
Controversial: the depicted Food Babe, also known as Vani, has been attacked for its campaigns because of its lack of professional training in nutrition or science
After another relentless social media campaign, Subway removed azodicarbonamide, a chemical that is also found in yoga mats. (Although Dr. Stephen said it is found in many other bread products and has been well studied and safe; he believes it is simply easier for some companies to make the requested ingredients disappear.)
Vani & # 39; s blog gathered against & # 39; toxic & # 39; levels of sugar and caramel coloring in Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and ended in a widely published version when Yvette d & # 39; Entremont decided to put her in place.
Analytical chemist Yvette is setting up a blog SciBabe and wrote a post entitled & # 39; The & # 39; Food Babe & # 39; Blogger is full of S ** t & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She took caramel color level IV and said it was in (the government) carcinogenic substance 2B. It sounds terrible, but there is something else in the cup that is class 2B carcinogenic: the coffee, because of the acryomide of the roasting process, & Yvette wrote in the widely distributed piece that was also published on Gawker.
& # 39; Between her serious abuse of the word & # 39; toxin & # 39; at any time there is a chemical that she cannot pronounce and claims that anyone who disagrees with her is a paid shill, it is difficult to pinpoint her greatest sin.
& # 39; As for sugar in the latte, the average adult should reduce 40 to 50 of them in one go to get a toxic dose. And at that time you would also have a toxic dose of water and caffeine. & # 39;
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