Food Additives Drawing Fire

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

But some Heartland mothers are already cutting additives from their families’ food no matter what the FDA decides.

Jenny Schmidt has changed the way she shops for groceries. Five year old Preston has struggled with allergies and rashes so Jenny decided to eliminate any additives in the family's food.

Jenny Schmidt says, "We're going to try and keep it cleaner."

So far Jenny says she has seen the results in her son so she is continuing the lifestyle with nine month old McKenzie.

Schmidt had not heard the news about the FDA's investigation into food dyes and hyperactivity in children but she says if they do find a link she really won't be surprised.

Jenny Schmidt says, "Not really, I've been kind of leery, I've done some reading and research on my own so I kind of know that all of the things that are in a jar of baby food are not necessarily good for the kiddos."

Jenny says that is why she appreciates Whole Foods. For the past thirty years the supermarket chain has opened doors into the natural foods market.

Everything on the shelves at Whole Foods is natural. The chain won't allow anything artificial into the stores so many of the products are specially made just for Whole Foods.

It's an added cost the customers are willing to pay.

Maria Watts says, "We definitely have people who walk in the store and tell us they appreciate it. That is kind of like walking through a filter when they walk through our doors because they know they won't find those artificial ingredients in the food that we sell."

So there is one less thing for moms like Jenny to worry about.

Members of the Channel 6 News team had a taste test involving foods most likely to be found in a newsroom; cheese puffs and gummy worms.

The natural cheese puffs took a beating as the vote was almost unanimous for the artificial additives puffs.

Gummy worms’ race was a different story; that was a virtual dead heat between the artificial and real fruit juice gummies.

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