Monthly Archives: March 2009

Do you know what’s in your food? Bugs!

I recently heard a report about an ingredient I never thought to look into. I stopped using products with food dyes a long time ago, but it didn’t occur to me just how many products have food dye in them.

This one takes the cake and makes me want to hurl!

Carmine: also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep red color. Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, rouge, yogurt, cosmetics, food additives, and crimson ink.

Carmine may be prepared from cochineal, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid.

Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products such as juices, ice cream, yogurt, and candy, and as a dye in cosmetic products such as eyeshadow and lipstick. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.

Food products containing carmine-based food dye may prove to be a concern for people who are allergic to carmine, or people who choose not consume any or certain animals, such as vegetarians and vegans. Many allergies can occur and some typical symptoms included itching, swelling of the eyes or tongue, difficulty breathing, hives, and headaches.

Getting to the point here, I have to advise myself and everyone else to not just read the labels, but investigate them as well. It’s no secret that we’re being duped, but let’s take a stand and stop buying these items that don’t offer full disclosure of their contents. The producers of these items, are in it for the money, not because they care about us or our health!

Shouldn’t I be able to decide for myself…eat bugs, or not? I choose NOT!

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Posted by on March 2, 2009 in bugs, Carmine, Choices, concious, ingredients, money


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