Starbuck’s Coffee uses red dyes made from crushed bugs.
It’s funny how a simple strawberry banana smoothie, which can easily be made from only bananas and strawberries…can actually be filled with…crushed bugs? Sounds delicious!
"Starbucks used cochineal extract, which is made from crushed insects, in the Frappuccinos. The company also used the product in strawberry banana smoothies, raspberry swirl cake, red velvet whoopie pies and a few other items. Starbuck’s said in a blog post Thursday that it will gradually transition from using cochineal extract as a red food dye to using lycopene, which is tomato-based, for red and pink food and drinks. It expects the transition to be complete in the United States by the end of June.”
In my opinion, using chemicals and crushed bugs for food coloring is unnecessary. There are lots of other ways to get natural color into food…or just leave the food as it is!
I haven’t researched this enough to know too much about the subject…but what do you all think/know about it? I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions :)