There Might Be Bugs In Your Yogurt.

Dactylopius-Coccus-Image-by-University-of-Turin-ItalyFood rumors run rampant on the internet – but, every now and then, some hold a few kernels of truth. As is the case with the rumor that some yogurts contain small, crushed insects.

Say what?

It’s true. The tiny, dried insects are used as pink food coloring in some yogurts, milkshakes and other food products.

In 2012, Starbucks received a lot of heat for using the insects are coloring in their Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino mix. According to Starbucks, the switch to the insects was a move away from artificial ingredients. However, the assertion did little to pacify the chain’s vegetarian customers – or the public at large.

If you’re concerned about the insect-derived food coloring, you’ll have to check the ingredients listing. Of course, you won’t see ‘insects’ or ‘bug bits’ on the list. Instead, you’ll see the ingredient labeled as cochineal, carmine or carminic acid.

It’s worth noting that the ingredient is considered safe by the FDA. Also, keep in mind that the visceral reaction or “ewww!” factor that many of us experience when it comes to eating insects is really a product of our culture. In much of the world, insects are widely consumed for their nutritional properties and flavors.

So there may be bugs in your yogurt. But is that necessarily a bad thing?

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  1. I didn’t really need to know that lol, BUT I would much rather have bugs coloring those things that are probably bad for me anyway than chemicals from a lab. I have always heard of the nutritional value of bugs, I wouldn’t choose to eat a bug off a vine, but If they are coloring making crap a little more healthy for me then I’m good with that. I do have a suggestion for Starbucks However, How about you color your strawberry frapacinos with something like, hmmm errr maybe STRAWBERRIES! lol

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