Vegans Bugged By New Starbucks Natural Color Additive

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Fresh from what seem like a victory against the "pink slime" beef, now there's some controversy about what Starbucks is starting to put in their Strawberry Frappuccinos.

The substance is called cochineal extract, which is a food coloring made from crushed bugs. It's not new. Also known as carmine, it's been used as a coloring agent since the 15th century and is found in a lot of foodstuffs we consume today (just check the label for cochineal extract or carmine).

Starbucks said in response to the controversy that they "have the goal to minimize artificial ingredients in our products. While the strawberry base isn't a vegan product, it helps us move away from artificial dyes."

There is, however, some suggestions that the substance could contribute to asthma in some people. So are you bugging out over this?

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macdoodle
macdoodle

Humans require B12 only natural sources are animal .  Vegans have to make lots of unpopular choices to support an unnatural diet.

BBQ restaurants
BBQ restaurants

The Starbucks has decided to start to put in their Strawberry Frappuccinos.The substance is known as cochineal extract,which is food coloring made from crushed bugs.

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

I remember when Consumer Reports, sometime around 1980, compared and tested chocolate milk mixes... and had to declare two of them "Not Acceptable." The reason? The two unacceptable brands turned out to have almost more crushed bug pieces in their mixes than actual cocoa.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

They used to use "bug juice" in candy canes...you had to hunt for ones that didn't. My grandfather was allergic to the carmine. I believe the substance isn't Kosher, either. Am I correct?

JB
JB

Love the headline of this post

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Wait till the vegans find out how many insect parts the gubmint allows into their peanut butter...

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