While talking to my mom tonight she told me to check my yogurt. She said she was watching Dr. Oz recently and he said that yogurt companies have been using bugs to color their yogurt red. WHAT? Say that again. It’s called carmine.
I opened my refrigerator. I checked my cherry yogurt. No carmine. I checked my blueberry yogurt. No carmine. Whew! I told my mom I didn’t have any carmine. I got off of the phone with her and kept looking in my refrigerator. I found a strawberry banana yogurt. Oh goodness . . . colored with carmine!
After this discovery, I did a little reading online. According to the Huffington Post, Dannon is under fire for using carmine. What about Yoplait? That’s where I found the carmine in my fridge.
I’ve heard of people eating bugs. They’re low in fat and high in protein. But shouldn’t I know if I’m eating bugs? Instead of saying “colored with carmine” it should state “colored with insects”. Did they not think this would come out? It seems like they are really hurting their integrity here.
I know I should spend more time reading labels. I am a busy working wife and mother. I just figured if I were buying a popular name brand like Yoplait or Dannon I would be getting something trustworthy. And why would yogurt with fruit in it need to have some sort of food coloring anyway?
Cracked.com reports that if you’ve eaten anything red recently then there’s a strong chance it was made with carmine, which by the way, is ground up insects. It’s also important to know that these insects may not labeled as carmine.
“Carmine can also be identified on food labels as Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 or E120. We mention that because we’re guessing you’ll want to check for it in the future after reading this.”
If any of this interests you then check out this article from Cracked.com, 5 Horrifying Food Additives You’ve Probably Eaten Today.