November 1997 Issue
A Vegetarian's (and Bug-Lover's) Label Guide
Bugged by artificial colors in your food? Well, here's news that may bug vegetarians even more. It seems a little-known natural food dye comes from insects. Yes, insects. Listed as "cochineal extract" on food labels, the rosy coloring comes courtesy of the dried shells of female beetles native to Central and South America. Think you've never eaten it? Think again. Cochinealand its cousin, carmineare fairly common ingredients in beverages, yogurt, pasta, ice cream,
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