Remember the days when you would have coloured cereal, and when you were done wiht it the left over milk in the bowl would be coloured.
But what was that colour?
Where did it come from? Food coloring is also known as artificial color. It is added to food and drinks to create a specific appearance.
A food additive is defined as:
' Any substance not normally consumed as a food in itself and not normally used as a characteristic ingredient of food, whether or not it has nutritive value. '
So basically, a food additive is something that doesn’t normally occur in the food we eat — it has to be added… hence the name.
Artificial colors contain various chemicals and are commonly derived from petroleum products. Conveniently, they are available in various forms, including liquids, powders, gels, and pastes. Did you know there are some serious potential problems with food dyes:
Carcinogenicity – leading to cancer development
Genotoxicity – leading to mutations or damaging chromosomes
Neurotoxicity – leading to the damage of nerve tissue
Banned food dyes include:
Green 1, Red 1 – promote liver cancer
Orange 1, Orange 2, Violet 1, Red 2, Red 32 – carcinogenic
Sudan 1 – toxic
Yellow 1 and 2 – lead to intestinal lesions
Yellow 3 and 4 – promote heart damage
If you want to delve more into this you can find a good article here
So when I wanted to create some yummy chocolate egg alternatives this easter, I thought how can I make some pretty colours to use. Start with a small pinch or a few drops of these colorants and add more according to your desired shade. Remember that these colours also have flavours, so choose them accordingly to what you are creating. Add chosen flavour to water, boiling water works best.
Ground Turmeric Orange
Carrot Juice or Powder
Purple Grape Juice
Red Cabbage Green
A greens powder supplement
Wheatgrass Juice Pink
Pure Pomegranate Juice, Cranberry Juice or Raspberry Brown
Activated Charcoal Powder