We live in a new world where food allergies and intolance amongst children today are on the increase. As a mum of a boy with ADHD, I often dread the aftermath of a birthday party...
Food colouring simply adds colour to colourless and 'fun' foods- like the green ketchup that Heinz launched in 1999 and the orange you thought was so healthy may have had its colour enhanced. Without color additives, colas wouldn't be brown, margarine wouldn't be yellow and mint ice cream wouldn't be green. Just as photoshop is vital to the appearance of a supermodel, color additives could be discribed as the 'makeup artists' of the food industry. Food coloring makes our food more attractive, which makes you more likely to buy it, so unfortunately manufacturers aren't going to stop using it anytime soon.
You may have recently heard about how some red food dyes are made using insects(?!). Red dyes that are commonly listed as carmine, cochineal or E120 are actually made from crushed cochineal beetles. While insects might seem unpleasant let's compare them to the alternative, Red No. 40 and Red No. 2. These common red dyes are actually made from chemical sources such as coal and petroleum! Due to health concerns, in the 1970s Red No. 2 was banned in many countries. In 2009, concerns that Red No. 40 contributed to hyperactivity in children, led to a similar ban in some countries.
Based on this, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that synthetic food dyes aren't good for us. Let's be honest - they really have NO purpose other than to make our food look pretty, our tongues blue, our kids hyper and maybe put us at risk of developing a brain tumor...In today's world it's hard to get away from food coloring; nearly every processed food contains it! Maybe this is the reason why the whole 'baking from scratch' phenomenon has made a come back...But still, marketing also encourages us to add those 'happy evil' food dyes to our freshly bake goods! GUILTY...
Recently I've read a few articles about making your own natural food colouring (how hard can this be?) and mixing potions is always good fun...
You have 2 options:
And look at those 'all-natural colours...'
Which are good enough to drink xo
This icing may be pale, but it has a naturally-chic and elegant-appearance, that is actually quite calming for a scrumptious freshly baked vanilla cupcake...
My taste testers were 3 teenage neighbours,who pride themselves on brutal honestly!
The OUTCOME: Delicious. '...the green was made from spinach?'. The yellow icing, made from mangos and mustard, was the only icing colour where they were able to identify the original source !