Sunday, 29 January 2012

Color in Foods

Color in foods is one of the food additives. Does not seem to us both vegetarians and meat fans never felt using food coloring. Food coloring itself can be divided into two categories, natural and artificial dyes. Of the two types of dyes are clearly has advantages and disadvantages of each.

We would often see a variety of colorful foods. It's interesting is not it? Especially for small children, of these colors can be tempting them to be able to consume them. For those of us certainly no stranger to colorful candy, light tomato sauce or even cakes with various patterns according to the sense of the colors offered. Not all dyes are made purely from what is shown. Like the tomato sauce with logo and description listed 100 percent original tomato-based. Are we going to take anything for granted? From personal experience of the authors who have friends who sell a wide variety of fish balls and beef meatballs, to press their spending to make tomato sauce instead of tomato derived from the original, but from a pumpkin and sweet potatoes that have been milled. The red color obtained from textile dyes, instead of using tomato as we think. Textile dyes commonly known in science with Rhodamin-B. Another example of the various cakes and sweets. Characteristics of foods containing dyes are Rhodamin or colors look bright, if after eating will be a little bitter on the tongue, and throat will be sore. Effects if consumed constantly be attacked by cancer and other deadly diseases. According to experience, the dye is good for the body is a natural dye.

Examples of making natural dyes such as red color of tomatoes, yellow color comes from turmeric, green color comes from the leaves of pandanus or orange color of carrots. At first glance it looks the same, no meaningful difference between natural and artificial dyes. Only laboratory tests can accurately prove where natural dyes are good for the body and which artificial coloring is harmful to the health of our bodies, but we certainly can distinguish clearly. On natural dyes, is not very resistant to changing weather around, the colors will quickly fade after 2-3 days, this is the nature that can not be denied. While the artificial coloring is highly resistant to weather changes, and tend to be durable. Not all manufacturers showing types of materials in the product label or packaging.

Our obligation to the parents, because it is vulnerable to this are the sons and our daughters. Children are very pleased and will be attracted by the striking colors. Instead of striking it is questionable. Vegetarian lifestyle starts from small things around us. Very fortunate for the vegetarians who do not like these foods will come from outside. Better to cultivate their own food with natural ingredients. May be useful.