It is well known that similar food items sold in several countries may include somewhat different components from one another. There are also clear differences between the main ingredients of the many food products you can buy. The differences in US and UK product ingredients that are sold in both nations are readily apparent while traveling there.
According to food expert Vani Hari, there are shocking differences between US and UK product ingredients as discussed in this post.
Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe, is an American author and food critic. According to her, the most notable differences in food products were those between British and American products. She points out that some of the comparisons are shocking.
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McDonald’s French Fries
Natural vegetable oil and salt are ingredients in McDonald’s french fries. However, Hari argues that McDonald’s french fries in the United States include extra additives.
In the UK, Quaker’s instant oatmeal is often more nutritious than the same product in the United States. Now we have to wonder whether these extra ingredients may be harmful to the health of Americans.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets
Big food companies will argue that European regulators are being too protective. Additionally, they’ll assert that every component they use in their American products is perfectly safe for consumption. Even yet, Food Babe has concerns over their safety.
As she claims, companies who can get away with using less expensive components in their goods will do so. When given the option, almost everyone opts for a cheap preservative, taste enhancer, or coloring agent. She says that when it comes to cheaper options, companies would not even consider the potential negative health impacts that consumers may experience.
Hari estimates that American health care spending is 2.5 times higher than that of any other nation. They also have one of the worst records for health when compared to 16 other developed nations.
It is believed that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and that more than 18 percent of children are obese. Smoking is the biggest cause of early death in the United States, with obesity taking a close second place.
According to Food Babe, the standard American diet is to blame for many of these alarming figures. It contains dangerous ingredients that are not widely used in other nations. The American diet has much too many harmful fats, far too much cheap processed sugar, and far too many synthetic additives.
According to Food Babe, “natural,” “healthy,” “diet,” and “sugar-free” are merely phrases that don’t have any real meaning. Instead, she suggests that you read the ingredients list by turning the package over frequently. This way, you’ll know precisely what you’re eating.
It is important to think about the function of any extra components and determine whether they are really necessary. If you are uncertain about an ingredient or addition, return the goods and search for a product made from real food.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal
Hari has a significant amount of influence in the field of food production. She was able to persuade Kraft to stop using artificial orange coloring in their macaroni and cheese. Additionally, she was influential in pushing Subway to discontinue the use of the bread component azodicarbonamide.
Macaroni & Cheese
According to Hari, Kellogg’s declared in 2015 that it will phase out artificial colors and flavors in their cereals by the end of 2018. Kellogg’s has been marketing chemically flavored cereal items, such as Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, to youngsters for more than four years. In addition, they’re producing new limited-edition cereals for kids that include these additives.
Hari is perplexed as to why Kellogg’s is producing new cereals with artificial chemicals if they really want to eliminate these toxins from cereals. It is already possible for Kellogg’s to produce Froot Loops and Unicorn Cereal without the use of BHT or artificial coloring in other countries. It is evidence that the recipe is out there. Hari said emphatically that they, too, need the same safer grains that other nations get.