It’s true, Arby’s and Kraft Mac & Cheese: The Healthiest Choice For Kids.
At first glance, it doesn’t seem to be the best year for Kraft and their signature Macaroni & Cheese. Social media has been aflame in recent months over Kraft’s use of artificial (some would say “toxic”) dyes in their Mac & Cheese. A torrent of public criticism coupled with a popular Change.org campaign forced Kraft to announce the removal of said dyes from their food just last week. But as far as the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is concerned, Kraft Mac & Cheese is actually the healthiest fast food choice for children.
In the Yale Rudd Center’s new ranking of fast food combo meals for kids, the Kraft Mac & Cheese meal (served at Arby’s, no less!) seized first place. If that’s not shocking enough for you, different variations of the meal also placed second, third, and fourth. Of course, we have to keep in mind that Kraft is going up against potemkin foods like the McDouble, Chick-n-Strips, and Sonic Corn Dogs, but it’s still an impressive finding.
Even after this vindication, Kraft is pressing forward with its health initiatives. The company will soon start replacing some of its additives with natural spices like paprika. It will also deliberately incorporate many of these healthier natural ingredients into kid-centric variants like the Spongebob Squarepants Mac & Cheese.