Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bug Juice in your Frappuccinos and.....

In case you haven't heard.........
 there are bugs in your Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccinos! The red coloring in them in made from the female cochineal beetles. That's right, crushed bugs! Carminic acid is extracted from the crushed bugs to make dye. Cochineal extract aka natural red 4, carmine, cohineal, crimson lake, C.I. 75470 or  E120. It's nothing new. It has been used for ages in foods such as Tropicana's Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice and Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and is safe to use. Read your labels. Beware of "natural color" if your are avoiding cochineal extract. It doesn't stop there! 
It is used widely in many cosmetics. Your lipstick may get it's pretty red color from bugs! You don't want bug extract in your makeup? Read your labels! You can also buy vegan cosmetics to be sure there is no bug juice! To find vegan cosmetics, go to Go to cruelty free companies by product type, choose cosmetics and look for the vegan brands.

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