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What is Cochineal Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Cochineal in Food

Cochineal is a food additive that is derived from an insect. It is actually a chemical extract of carminic acid. It is a red dye which repels insects. It is a relatively harmless dye. Campari, sausages and artificial crab are some foods which use cochineal due to its intense color. It is also used in yogurts, juices, lipsticks and many other cosmetics. Cochineal has been proven to be non- toxic in lab tests. But it is sometimes associated with allergic reactions. Cochineal supports poor farmers in underdeveloped countries. It is used for the treatment of urinary tract infections, whooping cough, Catarrh and asthma.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 18:20

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