We’ve told ya all about the beetle juice that used to lurk in Starbucks’
strawberry frappuccinos, but your favorite coffee shop isn’t the only place
that should make ya wary of the color red. In an effort to go all natural, many
candy makers have swapped artificial coloring agents for ones made exclusively
by Mother Nature. It’s an awesome endeavor, but you still might not dig what
As you snag scarlet lollipops and gummies this Valentine’s Day, you might be munching on carmine, an extract derived from boiled beetles. It doesn’t cause any known health problems other than adverse reactions in those allergic to it. But if you’re, say, a vegetarian or vegan (or are gifting red-colored goodies to veg girls and guys), you might want to stay away, warns the Huffington
Your alternatives? Lycopene, which comes from tomatoes (and which
Starbucks has already implemented in their reddish drinks), or the artificial
options, like Red 40. Unfortunately, Red 40 is derived from petroleum, and may
be carcinogenic—it is banned in the European Union due to toxicity. Dare we say
we’ll take the beetles?
What are you munching on this
Valentine’s Day? Tell us your favorite treats in the comments!