There’s a reason we recommend you stay away from the center aisles of the grocery store. By definition, food that you can eat right out of the box has been processed, which means that it has already been stripped of its nutrients and flavor.
Worse, yet, every product you buy in the grocery store has been vetted by a number of committees for profitability, which means companies cut corners in order to maximize their profits.
Take sodium, for example. While sodium is terrible for our hearts, it is also a great culinary coverer. By loading up on salt, food companies are able to hide the mushiness of processed starches like pasta and crackers.
Another way food companies cut corners is by using genetically modified ingredients. The money they save by using GMO’s are then funneled into campaigns to hide this fact from the consumer by opposing GMO food labeling legislation.
This article entitled: 10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It details the different steps companies have taken to obscure the ingredients in their products and to cut corners. While the name of the article is pretty hyperbolic, it’s an interesting collection of lawsuits and manipulations.
The one on Kraft foods was particularly disturbing:
#3: Kraft Foods
There’s a reason why Kraft’s Mac N’ Cheese has such a beautifully golden hue to it: it’s the artificial coloring agent Yellow No. 6, which has been linked to hyperactivity, asthma, skin conditions and even cancer. In 2013, Kraft bowed to pressure and removed the artificial coloring, but tens of thousands of people have already consumed their products. Kraft also hides the presence of GMOs in their foods while actively fighting against regulations to require the labeling of these potentially dangerous ingredients. And, of course, their highly processed, pre-packaged products contain high amounts of fat, sugar and sodium.
Oh, and one last thing: as of March 18th, 2015, Kraft was in the process of recalling 6.5 million boxes of Mac N’ Cheese because some of them contained fragments of metal.