I’m dairy free. I’ve gone back and forth and back and forth, and realized that dairy causes inflammation in my body and triggers my eczema. My kids, however, love yogurt. So we usually have yogurt in the fridge.
We try to only buy organic, but that isn’t possible in all circumstances all the time. Sometimes when we’re out, they get non-organic foods, and that may include yogurt.
So I was shocked to hear that Dannon uses carmine to color 13 of its red yogurts! Strawberries, cherries, raspberries and other fruit aren’t good enough for Dannon – they need to use an extract made from the pulverized, dead bodies of cochineal insects for color!
I knew carmine was used in cosmetics, but I really had no idea it was also in our food supply! While I understand that it’s a “natural” ingredient, I don’t think most people know what carmine is when they see it on a label.
Not only does eating a colorant made from bugs present a challenge for those on a vegetarian diet, cochineal insects can also trigger a dangerous allergic reaction in some people. This reaction can range from hives to anaphylactic shock, depending upon the severity of the allergy.
What’s wrong with allowing fruit to provide color to the yogurt (or just leaving yogurt the color of yogurt)? If they aren’t okay with yogurt’s natural color, Dannon could simply add more blended fruit or even natural food coloring to make the color more vibrant. There are lots of companies offering natural food colors now, so that shouldn’t be an issue for Dannon to procure it. If Starbucks can do it, Dannon can.
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