We all know that artificial colors and flavors are never a good thing. Did you know that studies have actually linked artificial coloring to cancer, brain tumors, hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD, and other disruptive behaviors in children? Made up of tar derivatives, long chain hydrocarbons, and other petrochemicals, artificial colors have no benefit for your body. Natural coloring like Nature’s Flavors All-Natural Food Coloring on the other hand can actually be healthy for you. Many of the plant based pigments are comprised of powerful antioxidants making them an excellent alternative. Some of the natural pigments used in Nature’s Flavors All-Natural Food coloring come from sources such as beets, hibiscus flowers, gardenia flowers and turmeric roots.
The FDA is now requiring warning labels on foods with artificial dyes and colors and more parents are turning to homemade foods in an effort to safeguard their children. Nature’s Flavors Nature Food Dyes are a great choice! To test them out I made some cupcakes and a batch of almond buttercream frosting. I separated out five different bowls of frosting, one for each color:
I have to be honest, the food coloring has a bit of an unpleasant odor and the product description says “some colors may impart a small degree of flavor to the finished product” I think for the most part though it would never be a problem. Out of all of the colors I only noticed the flavor of the food color in the pink. If you are going for darker colors you may notice it a little bit more. I think the colors came out pretty with just a few drops:
Overall I think these food dyes worked beautifully and the benefits far outweigh the tiny bit of flavor they may impart especially compared to the negative affects of artificial colors.
Nature’s flavors also makes a variety of other products including organic vanilla extract (so delicious and perfect for baking!) and psyllium fiber supplements. For more information on these products and others from Nature’s Flavors visit www.naturesflavors.com.
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