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The difference between the ingredient lists of US and UK products that this woman wrote down is disturbing.


Food critic Vani Hari has outlined the startling differences between the ingredients of food products from the US and the UK.

It is well known that the ingredients used to manufacture food products vary considerably between nations. But we frequently fail to notice these distinctions unless we try the same product in a different country. The variations can be concerning.

The comparison of food goods from the United States and the United Kingdom revealed the most significant disparities in food products, according to American author and food critic Vani Hari, popularly known as Food Babe, in an interview with BoredPanda. She says that when you compare some of the things, it’s astonishing.

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McDonald’s French Fries

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According to Hari, the fries you get at McDonald’s in the US also have additional additives in addition to the natural vegetable oil and salt.

They are extending that the Quaker quick oatmeal in the UK is comparatively healthier than the one from the US, which raises the question of whether the extra ingredients harm Americans’ health.

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets

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“Big food businesses will claim that all the substances they use in their American products are entirely safe and that European regulators are unduly careful. However, are they? Food babe enquired. “A firm will use less expensive ingredients if they can get away with it. If given the option, they’ll always choose the less expensive flavor enhancer, color additive, and preservative, even if these less costly substitutes can harm our health.

Mountain Dew

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“The United States spends 2.5 times as much on healthcare as any other country, and compared to 16 other industrialized countries, we have the worst health. Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and over 18% of kids are obese. Hari says obesity is the second-leading cause of premature death in America after smoking.

Heinz Ketchup

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“While numerous factors contribute to these alarming figures, the American diet, which contains a lot of dangerous substances that are not used to the same level abroad, is unquestionably one of the main culprits. According to Cuisine Babe, American food is overly replete with unhealthy fats, excessively cheap refined sugar, and tons of artificial additives.


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Claims such as “natural,” “healthy,” “diet,” and “sugar-free” are essentially meaningless. Instead, read the ingredient list on the product’s reverse side. You will know the truth about what you are eating thanks to this. Ask yourself why the additives or preservatives are employed and if they are necessary if the product contains either. If you are unsure of the nature of an ingredient or additive or how it can affect your health, put the product back on the shelf and search for one made with genuine food.

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal

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Hari has a significant impact on the food business. For example, she convinced Subway to cease using the azodicarbonamide ingredient in its bread and Kraft to stop using artificial orange color in its macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni & Cheese

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Hari claims that Kellogg’s announced plans to stop using artificial colors and flavors in their cereals by the end of 2018 in 2015. More than four years later, Kellogg’s still sells a number of parts of cereal built with artificial chemicals, like Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, along with new limited-edition cereals targeted for young children that were made with these additives.

If Kellogg’s wants to eliminate these chemicals from cereals, why is the company developing brand-new cereals with artificial ingredients? The recipe already exists because Kellogg’s produces Froot Loops and Unicorn Cereal in other nations without using BHT or artificial coloring. We should receive cereals that are the same quality as those provided to other countries, Hari adamantly argued.

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