Boxed Mac & Cheese Apparently Contains Harmful Toxins & We’re Actually Crying

Growing up, there was nothing like the nights where your parents made you a box of Mac & Cheese for dinner. It was like your wildest food dreams come true as you sat down and had a bowl filled with milky, cheesy goodness.

Side note: shape Mac & Cheese is better than noodles and you cannot debate me on this.

While I still finish off a box of Mac & Cheese by myself on a Friday night – a new study released this week may change the way we all look at Mac & Cheese forever. Apparently, a new study has revealed that there are some harmful chemicals in our beloved box Mac & Cheese.

I’m crying, slightly.

According to the reports, it has to do with the powder cheese that we bury out Mac in. The toxic chemicals are known as phthalates. These are “a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products. They can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes — according to animal studies.”

According to the study, “the phthalate levels in the mac and cheese were more than four times higher than any other cheese product.”

Well – f*ck.

It’s bad enough that I’m lactose intolerant and basically die every time I eat Mac & Cheese – but now I have to worry about actually dying from my favorite food (top 5, at least). Why must science do me dirty like this?