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What's in My Food?<br><br>
By Pallavi Gogoi<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Few people know that the food coloring listed as cochineal extract comes from female beetles. Food activists want to spread the word.<br><br><br><br>
When you dig into a strawberry Yoplait yogurt, take a moment to contemplate where the beautiful pink color comes from. Strawberries? Think again. It comes from crushed bugs. Specifically, from the female cochineal beetles and their eggs. And it's not just yogurt. The bugs are also used to give red coloring to Hershey Good & Plenty candies, Tropicana grapefruit juice, and other common foods.<br><br><br><br>
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What's in My Food?<br><br>
By Pallavi Gogoi<br><br><br><br>
...identify the dye in their products as either carmine, or cochineal extract. Still, many companies simply list "artificial color" on their ingredients list without giving any details.<br></div>
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I thought these are usually listed as 'natural color'?
 

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I thought these are usually listed as 'natural color'?</div>
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Yeah. That's really weird (and dishonest) if they're really going around calling it artificial.<br><br><br><br>
If I see "artificial color" when referring to red dye, I always think it's probably red #40.
 

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Yep. Generally "artificial colours" are safe (if you only take veganism into account). Bug dye is usually listed as "natual colour".
 

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Ah yeah, I've known about cochineal since I turned vegan 5 years ago, it's also sometimes listed as carmine I've heard. If you see E120 in ingredients avoid it because that's cochineal.<br><br><br><br>
Although it's no surprise most people don't know, if I wasn't vegan I probably wouldn't, my mum used to tell me red dye came from bugs when I was a kid and I thought she was having me on!
 
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