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Food Coloring From Plants Are Coming

By on February 20, 2016
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That cake is beautiful! It’s multi-colored icing is made from red cabbage juice, turmeric, annatto, beet juice, and caramel color.

If the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says No. 6 Yellow is safe, is it really?

Just because it is a natural color, is it safe?

Just saying.

There are natural poisons in the world.

Just because birds can eat a berry, does not mean that we can.

Just saying.

Read on and see what you think. Alexa


by Lynne Shallcross (

Not long ago, I tried a new kind of Doritos tinted a shade of orange that I’ll wager does not exist in the vegetable world. These JACKED Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Flavored chips were so intensely tinted that after four chips, I had to stop eating them. My mind simply wouldn’t accept them as food.

What was behind that exceedingly bold hue of orange? Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake and Yellow 5 Lake, according to the label.

Artificial colors like these are widely used in packaged food and considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

Yet an increasing number of food companies are moving away from synthetic colorings and toward plant-based ones, according to Carol Culhane, president of International Food Focus Limited, a Toronto-based firm that helps American and Canadian food manufacturers comply with food regulations.

Culhane says demand for natural colorings – which can be derived from a variety of fruits and vegetables – took off after a 2007 study in the Lancet linking artificial colors with hyperactivity in children.

Culhane cautions that the 2007 study’s findings were preliminary and were not necessarily statistically significant. Nonetheless, she says, “the food industry wanted to take a precautionary stand” and many companies began working to replace artificial colorings with natural colorings in everything from cereal to soft drinks to powdered cheese.

They include Kraft, which announced in April that its classic macaroni and cheese will debut in 2016 without synthetic colors, and Panera Bread, which pledged to ditch artificial colorings and other additives by the end of 2016. General Mills is taking artificial colors and flavors out of its cereals by the end of 2016, and Nestle made the same announcement about its chocolate candy products, with a deadline at the end of this year.


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