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Yogurt Under Fire for Using Bugs for Its Color

Posted by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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Yogurt Under Fire for Using Bugs for Its Color

posted by Adriana Velez 


yogurtThere are bugs in your yogurt. But you knew that already, right? The Center for Science in the Public Interest is razzing yogurt company Dannon for using carmine, a dye made from crushed cochneal bugs, in some of its yogurt. Apparently that's what gives some of the berry-flavored yogurts their pretty pink color. But what's the big deal? It's not like the bugs are dumped directly into the yogurt whole.

CSPI executive director Michael Jacobsen says the bug-derived dye can cause allergic reactions for some people. Plus, there are plant-based colors they can use -- like the carrot juice dye they use for kids' Danimals yogurts. "Why risk offending vegetarians and grossing out your other customers?" Jacobsen asks.

Oh yeah -- I guess carmine makes yogurt not exactly safe for vegetarians. I think most of us are over the gross-out factor, though, aren't we? That's what I keep hearing.

Anyway, I don't see why our yogurt has to be so bright pink anyway. (You know what's so funny? I'm listening to the song "Pretty in Pink" as I write this, just a random accident. OK, back to the post.) I mean, I kind of know: Because apparently pink sells. But seriously, suppose we got rid of that food dye. You'd still eat strawberry yogurt, wouldn't you? And it would taste the same. It's funny that there's so much fuss over something that's not essential to yogurt. It's not even a flavor. 

Well, you know the deal. If this bothers enough people, yogurt companies will stop using carmine. They did it for kids' yogurt, after all. But maybe we're okay with it. Maybe most yogurt eaters just don't care. 

Does this bother you?

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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LindaClement
by on Jul. 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM

Not at all.

I only eat plain (no gelatin, no pectin, no sweetener, no colour, no flavour) yogurt.

Simplifies things... 

liquidvelvet
by on Jul. 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM
No it does not bother me at all.
GypsiSky
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Doesn't bother me... I don't eat yogurt, lol

Hottmomma607
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM
Uh makes me wonder???
Heather2001
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Nope, not in the least.

aidensmomma508
by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I'd rather no color then bugs

Barabell
by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I would eat yogurt either way.

It would take some adjusting to without the color, but I guess I'd probably prefer it than having dyes in it.

lizzig
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

 is it really any worse than all the artificial chemicals they put in food?  at least bugs are "natural"! ;o)

Docgirl2000
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM
This is why my ds is not allowed to have any foods with red dye. He had a few sips of hi-c one time and i still have nail marks in my wall where he literally climbed up the wall. I always thought the red dye making kids hyper was a myth. Not for my kid. Havent given him red dye since and hes never done that again. (On a side note, im not discounting the extreme amounts of sugar in hi-c could have been a factor. Cut out red dye and made sure to keep a close eye on sugar content as well. Doing good so far.)
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ablackdolphin
by Silver Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Yes and its in lipstick and many other red items!!! I learned that when I went vegan.
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