February 8th, 2011

Organic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

I discovered this in the grocery store the other day, and I was absolutely fascinated. Apparently, Kraft has been making an organic (USDA Certified) version of their classic macaroni and cheese since 2007. It came at an increased price, compared to its cheap friend the blue box, of about $1.80. I know Annie’s has been doing the organic macaroni and cheese box thing for years, but Kraft is different. The average non-organic buying mom isn’t going to suddenly start buying Annie’s (although their bunny is pretty cute), but they might be tempted to buy an organic version of their kids’ favorite that sits on the same shelf. That’s why I feel this is important, because the key to spreading organics is not to preach to the choir, it is to make being organic as easy for busy people as possible. And nothing is easier than Macaroni and Cheese.

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First, let’s compare the ingredients

Regular Macaroni and Cheese                             Organic Macaroni and Cheese

WHEAT FLOUR                                                               ORGANIC SEMOLINA

NIACIN                                                                                      ORGANIC WHEY

FERROUS SULFATE [IRON]                                          ORGANIC SKIM MILK

THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1]                                                 SALT

RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2]                                  ENZYMES (NON-ANIMAL)

FOLIC ACID                                                                ORGANIC CORNSTARCH

WHEY                                                                                        YEAST EXTRACT

MILKFAT                                                                                ANNATTO [COLOR]

MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE

SALT

SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE

CITRIC ACID

LACTIC ACID

SODIUM PHOSPHATE

CALCIUM PHOSPHATE

MILK

YELLOW 5

YELLOW 6

ENZYMES

CHEESE CULTURE

If nothing else, that is an ingredient list that I can get behind. Did you know that in Canada, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is called “Kraft Dinner” because it doesn’t contain enough cheese to legally use the term macaroni and cheese? Now that is scary.

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The organic mix is prepared the same way as usual (the box even says to add organic milk and organic butter!), and ends up tasting about the same, which is to say not as good as homemade, but satisfying if you’re five or a poor college student. One bonus is that the neon color of the original is replaced with a light yellow.

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I don’t necessarily endorse Kraft Organic Macaroni and Cheese. Kraft as a company has some major GMO issues, and there are many organic macaroni and cheeses out there (including making it yourself) that are probably better options (I love Annie’s). But, in the fight to make America’s kitchens healthier and free of hormones and other bad things, I think organic Kraft can be considered a battle that has been won.

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Comments

    Nice article good to know… Food for thought!

    Now that looks good to me. I am no 5 and I have no children at home, but I do like easy now and then.
    Thanks for showing the ingredients lists for each.
    I am a label reader.

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    Love this!

    Even if their product is 100% organic, they are only going to use the funds to further defeat anti-GMO legislation efforts as they did with prop 37 in California ($1,950,000). Don’t give them your business until they commit to removing GMO’s from all of their products.

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