Did you know that most of the food coloring used to color food red (in drinks, pastries, yogurt, etc) is made from beetle juice. That’s right, beetles, thousands of them, crushed, powdered, to make a “natural” crimson colored dye called carmine.
It takes about 100,000 cochineals (dactylopius coccus), to make 1 kg of cochineal dye. Peru produces 200 tonnes of cochineal dye. That’s about 2 billion bugs.
Almost all fast-food restaurants use carmine to color their strawberry milkshakes (by the way, most strawberry milkshake have no strawberries). The top name brands of juices, candy, yogurt, jams, gelatin use it: Yoplait, Dannon, Ocean Spray, etc. Not just limited to food, but cosmetics, as in lipsticks. Think of crushing bugs and smearing it on your lips, the old fashioned away that tribals did it — nothing wrong in it, if it doesn’t bother you, don’t let this stop you.
Another similar example where the industry sneaks animal products into your food without labeling the origin is gelatin – the ingredient found in most jello, jellies, candies, ice-creams, etc. It is derived from skin and intestinal tissue of cows and pigs (boiling, processing, dehydrating, powdering, and adding it to your jello, ice-cream, etc). One more example is the use of pigs urine or horses urine, in the form of premarin (pregnant mare’s urine), in womens supplements for reducing menopausal symptoms (there are about 50 million women in the USA on estrogen replacement therapy — which in itself is another brainwashing).
Being a vegetarian, I try to avoid wherever possible any intentional harm to animals — bugs included. Harvesting them in the billions to make our desserts (or lips) look pretty, not [in] my cup of tea.
“Natural Flavoring Added”
Take a look at the ingredients listing of most any fast-foods and snacks. At the very end of the list you’re likely to find the innocent words “natural flavoring” or “natural coloring”. The question is, why even add natural flavoring (or coloring), if the food is natural? See the PBS book review link below where it says these natural flavorings are actually specially designed addictants, over 90% of which is produced by a huge stretch of chemical factories in the New Jersey area.
The FDA lets you say “natural coloring added” or “natural flavoring added” as long as it is derived from natural sources — even though it might have been processed and morphed beyond anything resembling natural.
- PBS – Fast Food Nation – If you thought you’re already aware of the bad chemicals that get pumped into your food by the fast food industry, then read this.