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Quaker Oatmeal Ingredients Changed Because Of You! Food Babe Army Strikes Again.

If you feel like you don’t have the power to get food companies to drop nasty chemical ingredients from their food, I have news for you! Every time you share the truth about these products with your friends you are making a huge difference. Food companies are listening and they are changing. Here’s proof! 

A few years back I shared several graphics showing how companies like Kraft-Heinz, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and Quaker sell safer, better products overseas while making inferior versions with different ingredients to sell to Americans. You may have seen them. These graphics have gone viral and are still being shared all over the internet. (1

In the U.K. you’ll find…

  • McDonald’s french fries without dimethylpolysiloxane.
  • Mountain Dew without Yellow #5.
  • Heinz Ketchup without high fructose corn syrup.

I know you’re as appalled as I am, because every time I write about this I get tens of thousands of shares and hundreds of emails asking how we can get these companies to stop selling us inferior products here in the U.S.

I wrote about this (and specifically Quaker’s oatmeal) in my bestselling book Feeding You Lies, which has been read by thousands of people. And my U.S. vs. U.K. comparison graphics have been picked up by the media numerous times. (2)  

Now I’m happy to say that because of YOU sharing this information and voting with your dollars, companies are changing.

Sometime in the last year, Quaker quietly changed the ingredients in their Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal here in America.

And the change is DRAMATIC…

Compare the previous version to the current 2021 version to what they’ve been selling in the U.K. this entire time:

Quaker Strawberries & Cream in America originally had NO strawberries at all. Instead they used “Flavored and Colored Fruit Pieces” composed of dehydrated apples, artificial strawberry flavor, citric acid, and the artificial dye Red 40. A total scam! (3)

In the U.K. Quaker doesn’t even attempt to sell that garbage and doesn’t make any products like this. The closest counterpart they have is a product called “Oat So Simple” that has REAL strawberries in it—light years ahead of the popular U.S. version that has been on the market since I was a child. (4)

Quaker now uses REAL STRAWBERRIES in their American version, and it’s now very similar to the U.K. version. (5)

This is a huge deal! Not only are they using real food ingredients instead of conning consumers with fake strawberries, but they are no longer using artificial colors. Artificial colors are one of the absolute WORST ingredients in our food and should be banned. Especially since they are usually in products made for children.

Artificial colors…

  • Can disrupt the immune system. Research has found that “The molecules of synthetic colorants are small, and the immune system finds it difficult to defend the body against them. They can also bond to food or body proteins and, thus, are able to act in stealth mode to circumvent and disrupt the immune system.” (6
  • Are man-made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum (a crude oil product, which also happens to be used in gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar).
  • Require a warning label in other countries outside the U.S.
  • Have been banned in countries like Norway and Austria (and hardly ever used in the UK and the rest of Europe).
  • Are contaminated with known carcinogens (a.k.a. an agent directly involved in causing cancer).
  • Cause an increase in hyperactivity in children.
  • Have a negative impact on children’s ability to learn.
  • Have been linked to long-term health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines.
  • Add absolutely no nutritional value to the foods we are eating and are solely used for aesthetic purposes only. (sources)

Quaker did the same with their other instant oatmeals too! 

And, they removed the artificial colors and caramel color linked to cancer (7) from Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal for kids, and replaced these with natural colors made from radishes, spirulina, and turmeric. 

I believe this never would have happened had we not shared the truth about their products and raised awareness!

They aren’t the only one who has changed their ingredients…

Since our graphics came out, there are a couple more big changes.

Frosted Flakes dropped the controversial preservative BHT from their cereal (which is linked to cancer), so it’s now like the U.K. version.

We have petitioned Kellogg’s TWICE asking them to remove the preservative BHT from their cereals, as they don’t use this ingredient in other countries, it’s linked to cancer and it’s unnecessary.

Our first petition in 2015 received over 53,000 signatures (8), and Kellogg’s removed BHT from popular cereals like Rice Krispies. Now it’s finally out of Frosted Flakes.

But, they didn’t remove BHT from all of them. And they started inventing even worse cereals for children with artificial colors and BHT, like Baby Shark Cereal. That’s why we petitioned them again a couple years ago. We will not stop until they change. 

SIGN THE PETITION: Add your name here and demand that Kellogg’s stop making cereal for children with these controversial ingredients! 

Mountain Dew FINALLY removed brominated vegetable oil (BVO), but it still contains yellow #5 and other controversial additives not found in the U.K. version.

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is an ingredient BANNED in Europe, so Pepsico has sold Mountain Dew in other countries without it for years. In 2014, PepsiCo told the media they would remove BVO from all of their American drinks following a viral petition by activist Sarah Kavanagh, but they actually didn’t do it. (9)

I’m happy to see that after years of public pressure, the BVO is gone!!!

So, keep sharing, sharing, and sharing the truth about our food.

Continue sharing the ingredients in processed products with your friends and vote with your dollars by refusing to buy products from these companies until they do the right thing.

We are making a real difference! The Food Babe Army is AMAZING. I love you all so much.



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22 responses to “Quaker Oatmeal Ingredients Changed Because Of You! Food Babe Army Strikes Again.

      1. All my life quakers strawberry and cream oatmeal has been my absolute favorite, but now that it’s changed, it may be better for you, but it taste disgusting. I can’t even eat it anymore. I wish I could still buy the unhealthy stuff, cuz at least that taste good.

  1. Congratulations. Now they need to get the glyphosate out of Quaker Oats. Keep fighting. Keep demanding. Don’t give in or up.

  2. Wonderful news! The way it should have been all along. Thank you Food Babe for all you do! Proud to be a part of the Food Babe Army. Keep up the great work!
    PS My elderly father loves the Quaker Fruit and Cream type of oatmeal but I stopped getting it for him because of the bad ingredients! He will be happy too 🙂

  3. Love what you are doing!!! It is appalling when you read about these things and know how the cancer rate in little children has gone up so much! What do they eat for breakfast and snack….cereal!!! I have always been a Quaker Oats fan, but quit buying them some time ago because of the additives and chemicals, glad to know I can purchase their products again! Also love Kellog’s Raisin Bran but have not purchased in years, hope they change it soon!!! I make do with an organic one and add more raisins, not as good but better than killing myself.
    Thanks Pixie 🙂 Got your cookbook but have not had a chance to try any recipes yet!!!

  4. Thank you for all that you do to help keep children and adults healthy! Happy birthday to your mother.

  5. I noticed Quaker also simplified the ingredients in their High Fiber version. When I first started buying it the box said it supplies 40% of daily fiber, but the ingredient list was huge and I was planning on quitting it. Then a new version came out with only 6 natural ingredients, but the daily fiber dropped to 35%. Not bad. I read on their website, in a response from someone who hated the new taste, they changed the ingredients in response to customers asking for simpler ingredients.

  6. I am so happy.
    the employees of these companies should realize now they can start to be proud of the food they are feeding their fellow human beings with.

  7. Big food, just like big pharma, big chemicals and big ag need to be tried for crimes against humanity. That will end all the poisoning.

  8. This is great. Now they just need to stop buying oats treated with glyphostate in the field. But making your own oatmeal is so easy and a lot better too.

      1. That is Roundup weed killer. Apparently the wonderful people at Bayer ( since they bought Monsanto) like to look the other way as some farmers found out that spraying the whole field of oats, wheat ? what else? allows them to more efficiently harvest since the whole crop dies ( dries?) in the field at the same time.We went organic and hope the label really means it.

    1. …they’re very cleverly adding glyphosate via sugar – beets & cane are soaked in it.

  9. Great news! Note the Mountain Dew still contains High Fructose Corn Syrup in the American version, and still should be avoided! Also the Dinosaur eggs still are loaded with GMOs but otherwise, significant improvements all around!

  10. This is amazing! We all need to keep making NOISE because y’all, they’re listening! 🙂

  11. Can you please suggest other cold cereal options? Most have horrible ingredients but some of the healthier choices don’t have any vitamins.

    Thank you!!

  12. Sorry I think the new Quaker oatmeal fruit and cream are not worth eating. I have tried them and they went into the trash can. I believe oatmeal is good for you, but is not a good taste.

    1. Unfortunately, we here in the US have been conditioned to love the tastes of the artificial flavors for our whole lives and with our them, they don’t have as much flavor as we are used to. If we make it our selves and add our own fruit and pinch of salt the way Grandma did which we loved when we were kids, then we would be better all around. It’s like when MT. Dew came out with the real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup, I loved it because it wasn’t as syrupy and sticky. But I don’t know if you can still get it anymore. Our taste buds have been over stimulated for so long that subtle goodness doesn’t taste good.

  13. Wow, It is amazing what we can do as a community. We must support companies who truly care about the quality of ingredients in their products like Sprigs Life. They continue to use organic and wildcrafted herbs to create their products

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