The neon sheen of Kraft's macaroni and cheese is kind of iconic, but it's also just as artificial as it looks -- the sauce gets its color from Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, dyes that have been banned in some countries due to health effects. Starting early next year, though, the familiar "cheez" color will be a little more muted, achieved with colorful spices like paprika and turmeric. Making food out of food: innovative! (For the hardcore safety-orange fans out there, never fear, Kraft classic will still be there. It's only* the marketed-to-kids products which will receive this tasty update.)
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