What did you swallow today?
Starbucks is facing public scrutiny this week after it acknowledged that the red color used in its Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino and strawberry-flavored smoothies—cochineal extract—is derived from the cochineal bug that lives on the prickly pear cactus in South America.
I hate to burst the consumer bubble but cochineal extract has been used for DECADES! And we have the cochineal bug in South Africa too!
So why all this excitement?
Carmine and cochineal, approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provides a range of hues from orange to red to purple. These colors are usually stable in most food applications, including beverages and dairy products.
AND A DAMNED SIDE BETTER THAN ALL THE CHEMICALS WE CONSUME ON A DAILY BASIS!!!
I also read somewhere about how many bugs an average person swallows per year – accidental of course. Unless you go round eating stuff like that which you may do of course. But what you don’t know does not seem to kill.