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Old 22 April 2012, 01:08 AM
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Icon86 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.

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Old 22 April 2012, 03:08 PM
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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.
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Old 22 April 2012, 04:30 PM
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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.
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Old 22 April 2012, 04:56 PM
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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.
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Old 22 April 2012, 06:26 PM
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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.
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Old 22 April 2012, 06:29 PM
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And it isn't exactly new. Mrs. Ingalls was coloring her butter with carrot juice a century and a half or so ago.
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Old 22 April 2012, 06:49 PM
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Food coloring is centuries older than that; even millennia, if we count saffron, which was used by the Romans.
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Old 23 April 2012, 01:14 PM
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I'm just mad about Saffron.
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Old 23 April 2012, 01:44 PM
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Thanks for the earworm, Donovan.
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