Healthy & Gluten Free

What They Do: Offset color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture and storage conditions; correct natural variations in color; enhance colors that occur naturally; provide color to colorless and "fun" foods.

These are used solely for aesthetics, and have no food value, and do not improve the food at all. Many of the colorings used currently have been shown to have serious side effects to humans.

The home cook would not be using these products. If they needed some color, they'd include a food item in a recipe that has the desired color. They would also simply make the item and skip the coloring, and eat the product as it turns out.

Click underlined ingredients to learn more, and find out more about what each item does in specific types of foods.

Found used in many processed foods to give them color:

  • Candies
  • Cheese
  • Gelatins
  • Jams & jellies
  • Margarine
  • Pudding & pie fillings
  • Snack foods
  • Soft drinks

How it may be described on a label:

  • Color
  • Color adjunct
  • Color fixative
  • Color retention agent
  • Color stabilizer
  • Decorative pigment
  • Surface colorant

Examples of colors added to food:

  • Annatto extract
  • Beta-carotene
  • Caramel color
  • Citrus red No. 2
  • Cochineal extract or carmine
  • Color added
  • Color (caramel color)
  • Colorings
  • FD&C blue No. 1 & 2
  • FD&C green No. 3
  • FD&C red No. 3 & 40
  • FD&C yellow No. 5 & 6
  • Fruit & vegetable juices
  • Grape skin extract
  • Orange B
  • Paprika oleoresin
  • Saffron
  • Sodium phosphate
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