It’s no wonder that a lot of food products produced in different countries have slight differences in them. Even if we don’t care much about that, it becomes apparat to us when we travel abroad. These differences become notable when we go from the United States to The United Kingdom or vice versa.
American author and food industry critic Vani Hari also known as Food Babe did some comparisons between the ingredients of these products. Therefore we at Anomalous decided to present you with an interview with Food Babe!
McDonald’s French Fries
If you reside in the US, the fries you order at McDonald’s might have a little bit more natural vegetable oil and salt that’s used in the cooking process. The Quaker instant oatmeal you make yourself for breakfast is a lot healthier in the UK. When compared broadly, only a few food products have healthier UK alternatives. This bring us to the question that whether extra ingredients have an effect on Americans and are for what might be.
Kacey Birch, a Facebook user shared Food Babes comparison photos online with the words “Are we going to talk about this yet???”. The post went viral getting more than 8,500 ikes, 6,400 comments, and 128,000 shares.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets
n the interview with Food Babe, she shared a lot of information about the comparison of foods considering their nutrition and the reasons why products have different ingredients in the US and the UK.
“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. “
“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.
Hari also spoke about the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to diets: “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.”
Kellogg’s frosted Flakes Cereal
Food Babe is a lot of popularity all around the world with more than 1.2 million followers on Facebook, 283,000 supporters on Instagram, and more than 100,000 fans on Twitter.
Hari has made an effect on the food industry. She has influenced Kraft to stop putting artificial orange colors in its macaroni and cheese. She has also been a part of helping convince Subway to drop the break addictive azodicarbonamide.
“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.”
Macaroni And Cheese
“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,” Food Babe claimed.
“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 expressed her feelings.
What do you think are the differences between the product ingredients in the US and the UK? Do you have any advice on how to eat and live better? We would love to hear your answers in the comments down below.