2-9-2015: In light of the First Lady coming out today as stridently anti-Mac-&-Cheese, this post from back in 2013 is (sadly) more prescient than I’d like…
Don’t these people ever sleep?
Even as Mayor Bloomberg’s attempted Soda ban was failing in court, a new Nanny-ish attempt at rescinding some of our most simple pleasures is in the news: Mac & Cheese.
Don’t let its innocent looks fool you: it’s a little, blue Box O’ Death.
From the Metro.us:
Vani Hari and Lisa Leake launched a Change.org petition on Tuesday, which has already collected more than 50,000 signatures, calling on Kraft Foods to remove artificial dyes Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 from Macaroni and Cheese products.
“If an American company can take the time and expense to reformulate a safer food product for countries overseas, then I believe Americans deserve the same treatment,” said Leake, a mother of two girls and creator of the “100 Days of Real Food” website in a press release. “It’s rather shocking that we are still being fed ingredients, which are no longer used – and in some cases banned – elsewhere.”
Okay, for all you folks who weren’t hip to this already: “Macaroni & Cheese is NOT, I repeat NOT, a health food”.
There. Satisfied? Now will you busybodies leave us alone??
Seriously, what is it that drives these people? Is everything that brings me any enjoyment whatsoever on their hit list?
- Food that actually tastes good,
- Light bulbs which only cost me $.89/4-pack,
- My toilet that used to actually work…
If this keeps up, the list of items/activities which haven’t been banned will be shorter than the list of stuff that has.
It’s not as if these petitioners don’t have alternatives, after all. Despite loaded verbiage such as “…we are still being fed…” in their press release, the Kraft folks are not holding them down, while an associate gleefully pours hot Mac & Cheese down their throats. In fact, Kraft already makes 14 other variations without added colors and/or with natural food coloring.
Plus, have you seen the amount of competition Kraft has in this category? There are more different makers and more kinds/types/varieties of pasta and cheese than I ever dreamed possible. But no, that’s not good enough. These folks insist that Kraft get with their program, and remove the artificial coloring.
Seriously, people: WHY? Why go after an overwhelmingly popular brand item that’s been around forever? Can’t they simply choose to not buy it? I’m not a big cooked squash guy, but I’m not demanding it be pulled from the shelves until farmers make it taste like Count Chocula®.
After all, haven’t we heard for years, “if you don’t like it, don’t watch” when it comes to offensive TV shows, or “if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one” when it comes to the issue of Life itself?
Seems that the Statists only approve of choice in SOME areas, I guess.
One more thing: the various self-appointed Food Nazis have taken us down the “food scare” path plenty of times before. Remember the Aspartame scare? And the saccharin scare? And the Red Dye #2 scare? The ALAR scare? Or what about how much better margarine was for you than butter?
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, …and wrong.
The only near certainty about any of this is that whatever we think we know today, will likely be wrong in thirty years. Of course, if the Leftists have their way, by then the only remaining food options will be tree bark and cannibalism.
Ha-ha-ha!!! Oh, I’m just being silly…
Tree bark will be off-limits, too.