The petroleum-based dyes add nothing to the product's flavor and may be dangerous to children's health, according to Lisa Leake and Vani Hari. They said the food colorings have been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine, and perhaps cancer, ABC News reported.
The women discovered that Kraft uses natural beta carotene and paprika to make almost the same color in the Mac & Cheese it sells in the U.K. and want Kraft to sell that additive-free version in the U.S.
Their petition on Change.org has 25,000 signatures so far and the number is growing, ABC News reported. The petition notes that the yellow dyes have been banned in some countries, including Austria and Norway, and are being phased out in the U.K.
In an email to ABCNews.com, Kraft spokesperson Lynne Galia said: "We carefully follow the laws and regulations in the countries where our products are sold. So in the U.S., we only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the Food and Drug Administration."
The company knows that some Americans "prefer foods without certain ingredients" and provides at least 14 other Mac & Cheese products that have natural food colors and no added colors, Galia said.
Sex May be Good for Migraines: Study
Sex may help treat migraines and cluster headaches, according to a new study.
German researchers looked at 800 patients with migraines and 200 patients with cluster headaches. About one-third of the patients said they had sex during a migraine or cluster headache, CBS News reported.
Sixty percent of migraine sufferers and one-third of those with cluster headaches who had sex said they had some level of pain relief, with most achieving moderate or complete relief, according to the study published Feb. 19 in the journal Cephalagia.
For one-third of the migraine patients, the pain got worse when they had sex, the University of Munster researchers said. They also found that some patients -- mostly men -- used sex as a way to treat migraines, CBS News reported.
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