Wednesday, July 7, 2010

red dye made from insects?!

Yes that sounds crazy-beetles to be here if you are interested..i found many different articles stating that most red dye (except for #40) is made from dead decaying beetles from Mexico!!! Gross!! No wonder huh?! Here is an expert from the article i linked:

"...Carmine is used in ice cream, strawberry milk, fake crab and lobster, fruit cocktail cherries, port wine cheese,according to the FDA. Carmine's also used in lipstick, makeup base, eye shadow, eyeliners, nail polishes and baby products, the agency said.

Cochineal extract is used in fruit drinks, candy, yogurt and some processed foods.

Cochineal extract has long been made from the dried and ground female bodies of an insect called Dactylopius coccus costa. Indians living in pre-Columbian Mexico were the first to recognize the cactus-sucking insect could be used as a source of dye.

In the present day, when cochineal extract or carmine are included as ingredients, their presence can be noted simply as "color added".."

All i am saying is i am TRULY looking into this red dye buisness!