Food Dyes are Now Coming from Food
Mention purple sweet potatoes, black carrots or purple carrots, and people think of dining on heirloom or boutique veggies. But those plants and others have quietly become sources of a new generation of natural food colorings that are replacing traditional synthetic colors and colors derived from beetles.
That back-to-the-future trend is on the agenda at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Speakers described how natural colors used centuries ago are making a resurgence in response to consumer preferences, manufacturers’ needs and the promise that these antioxidant-rich substances may have health benefits.
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