Natural Food Dyes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

So the other day I came across 100 Days of Real Food (it's a great site...check it out if you'd like to cut out processed foods from your diet!). On the site, Lisa posted this post about why she hates artificial food dyes. I had never really stopped to think much about food dyes before, and I'd certainly never bothered to think about what they might be made of. Well it turns out they're made of petroleum. Yeah, petroleum, like what you put in your car. It's so bad that in the U.K. they require foods containing food dyes to have a warning label (there's more about that in Lisa's post).

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Take a minute to stop and think about how many foods we eat that contain artificial dyes. It's kind of scary, isn't it?

Fortunately, there are other ways to get color without using artificial food dyes.
India Tree makes a set of vegetable-derived natural food colorants, but they're kind of expensive (over $20 for three bottles).

You can also use natural foods to achieve colors.

Purple-red cabbage
If you try any of these natural food dyes, let me know!

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  1. Thank you for your article. Synthetic food dyes are just so bad for people, esp. children.



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