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Starbucks making their food dyes from bugs?
Posted 3/29/12
Bugs are perfectly edible, they even sell have them on market stalls in Asian countries. Free protein = Win.
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Posted 3/29/12
I'm not a vegatarian but I am disturbed by this. Bugs? Eww....
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Posted 3/29/12
The most commonly used red food dye (carmine) is derived from :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal

My sister in law is allergic, so she cannot risk drinking red sodas, or eating red candy, red cake (red velvet cake), or even store bought salmon, as many stores use this to redden the salmon to make it look more appealing. Note to consumers, if the salmon filets you are buying look especially appealing, they have red dye, and that may include carmine.

I don't have a good source for the following, but considering that all processed foods are allowed to contain insect and animal "particulates" and "parts". And in reality any farm grown foods, especially those grown organically will contain insect and animal "particulates" some experts believe that the average american consumer ingests approximately one pound of insectes per year. So this is really not avoidable.

Unless you are allergic, naturally sourced food components are in most cases better for you than artificially sourced food components, but this is not always true. After all, natural or artificial, everything we consume is in truth a chemical. And we as humans can generally be reduced to a bucket full of residual chemicals with out all the water it takes to make us a living organism.

This of course does not apply to those of you that are crystal or mineral organisms. ;P

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Posted 3/29/12
well maybe it's safer than cooking up some chemicals in a laboratory such as red 13 for dr.pepper cherry.... meh I don't really care
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Posted 3/29/12
What ya don't know "can't" hurt ya?
meaning we've been eating bugs as food dyes all our lives, we just didn't know the chemical-ease wording used for them on the ingredients list.
( loved the insightful info on the 'mythological' vegans on 1st page! )
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Posted 3/29/12 , edited 3/29/12
Bug related stuff is in more things then just Starbucks.
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Posted 3/29/12
You'd be surprised at some of the stuff that gets slipped into the food we eat. This whole bug dye thing is pretty tame compared to other things I've heard of.
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Posted 3/29/12
Hm, bugs or not, it's delicious! Consider me the warlord of bug consumption, since I'll continue buying Starbucks product!
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Posted 3/29/12
if i was still in elementary (good times. sigh) i would start saying how "eww-y" and gross that is and then rant about life for an hour...
but yeah like the poster said... it's probably the same stuff we eat everyday.
so i honestly believe that it isn't that bad.

what makes me wonder is how the heck they make food dye from bugs. -.- won't that make it... less colorful?
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Posted 3/30/12
Last week it was "pink slime" this week it's "bug dye" . . .

What's next?

"pig eyes"?

(In home-made head-cheese . . . probably.)

This didn't surprise me much. If you find out about the ingredients to the foods you eat many people might not want to eat them anymore.

There are some ingredients that, if they weren't processed, would be poisonous.

Posted 3/30/12
Nice way to gain a star.
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Posted 3/30/12
Nothing new here. Bugs has been used as food dye for decades already.
Posted 3/30/12
i dont think you can taste the bugs. natural you want, natural you get =)
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Posted 3/30/12
I don't care since those bugs are a lot healthier than Mcdonald's.
And by the way, CHOCOLATE has an average of 6 insect legs in every bar. It's no big deal.
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Posted 3/30/12
Does that explain why it's so expensive?
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