Food Colorings: What are they, why are they used, and are they safe?


We love brightly-colored foods, but what is the difference between the color in a bright red apple or the deep red frosting on a cupcake?

Have you ever wondered how food manufacturers add colors to food such as yellow margarine, green mint-flavored ice cream, or blue yogurt?

The FDA has a long list of approved color additives:

FD&C Blue No. 1 and No. 2
FD&C Green ...

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