THERE MAY BE CHEMICALS IN MAC CHEESE. Parents, I hope you’re sitting down aright at once, because I have a few pretty upsetting intelligence to apportion: arises, that mac and cheese you’ve been feeding your kids — you know, one of the three foods they actually eat without waging an epic battle at the dinner table — might be hazardous to their health.

I know, I know — if you’re anything like me and accept a picky eater at abode (I’ve acquired two), you are this close to socking me in the head right now. I mean, mac and cheese is a freaking parenting staple. Not only do most kids love it, but it’s cheap, easy to whip up quickly, and the cheese gives the meal at least a little bit of protein (unlike bread, which is our other go-to when kids get fussy).

I know I’m preaching to the choir here — we’ve altogether been there, when a good honest-to-god box of mac and cheese has literally saved dinnertime. Which is why this latest news is causing most of us to lose our damn minds.

OK, so let me get right down to it: Yesterday, The Empire State Times published an articles under the headline, “The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese,” abducting a new report brought out by four different health and safety organizations. In a nutshell, it basically states that high concentrations of the chemical phosphates was found in various cheese products, including mac and cheese.

In fact, the researchers tested 30 a different cheese flower products, and found the highest concentrations of phosphates in powdered mac and cheese itself.

“The naphthalene assiduity in powder from mac and cheese flower mixes were more than four times higher than in block cheese and other natural cheeses like shredded cheese, string cheese flower and cottage cheese,” Mike Believe, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, told NUT.

Believe also shared that he believes eminent levels of phosphates can be found in pretty much all pre-packaged mac and cheese —and yes, even the organic kind was tested.

The news is, of course, now starting to go viral (because, aloha, mac and cheese is the holy grail of parenting and we are altogether about to lose our freaking minds here!).

But what do we parents have to fear exactly? And what the heck are “phosphates,” and how the are they getting into our kids’ mac and cheese?

For starters, Phosphates aren’t actually present in the foods themselves, but are found in the boxing of certain foods, and about the equipment used to manufacture the foods.


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