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snopes 22 April 2012 02:08 AM

Cochineal: Actually, this dye is everywhere
 
Starbucks has declared that it will no longer use cochineal extract, an insect-derived red coloring, in its wares. If anyone is imagining that the use of this dye is rare or new, they’re mistaken.

http://www.latimes.com/health/booste...,5639702.story

mouse goddess 22 April 2012 04:08 PM

Yeah, I've never understood the hubub. It seems like this was a "fun fact" that was in all my trivia books and magazines when I was a kid.

Die Capacitrix 22 April 2012 05:30 PM

I've been avoiding strawberry drinks in U.S. Starbucks because I assumed they used artificial red dye, which I know causes me digestive issues.

I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where coloring food goes out of fashion.

Ryda Wong, EBfCo. 22 April 2012 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Die Capacitrix (Post 1616688)

I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where coloring food goes out of fashion.

I wish it would. I'm going to the allergist tomorrow am, due to my extreme allergies to FD&C Food Colorings. They put that stuff in everything.

Singing in the Drizzle 22 April 2012 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Die Capacitrix (Post 1616688)
I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where coloring food goes out of fashion.

I do not think it ever will. Color is an important part of taste. Not as much as smell, but it is still important.

Avril 22 April 2012 07:29 PM

And it isn't exactly new. Mrs. Ingalls was coloring her butter with carrot juice a century and a half or so ago.

Chloe 22 April 2012 07:49 PM

Food coloring is centuries older than that; even millennia, if we count saffron, which was used by the Romans.

ganzfeld 23 April 2012 02:14 PM

I'm just mad about Saffron.

Sue Bee 23 April 2012 02:44 PM

Thanks for the earworm, Donovan.


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