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Dyes e122: what are they and what is their relevance tocochinealused asdye. Here's where the red food coloring is found.
Dyes, preservatives, emulsifiers and othersfood additivesthey are indicated on the food label with an initials. The acronyms arecodesestablished by the European Union to inform the consumer of what a food contains.
What are food additives?
The term "food additive" refers to any substance not normally consumed as food and which is added "intentionally" to the product for a "technological purpose". The additive can be added at any stage of food production, from processing to packaging, from transport to the preparation of the raw material. THEdyesI'm afood additiveand have the purpose of making a product "more beautiful" and "palatable". What purpose would it otherwise haveto colora food ?!
The use of additives is identified on the label with a European code consisting of the letter E with a progressive number. For further information: food additives, what they are.
When you read the abbreviation on a labeland122, of whichdyesit deals with?
Betweenartificial dyeswe include the abbreviations:
As is clear, in the list ofartificial dyesalso the one in question of the article, thedye e122. We immediately point out, therefore, that the food coloring obtained from cochineal (of animal origin) does not correspond to the acronym E122.
Speak aboute122 dyesit is relatively incorrect. The abbreviation e122 indicates only onedye. It is ared food coloringfound in drinks such asbitter, ginger ...and also in ice creams, chewing gums, candies, puddings, sugared almonds, dried fruit, fruit juices and fruit preserves.
In some countries thedye e122it is forbidden. The reason? It is considered a powerful allergen, dangerous to health. The most sensitive subjects would seem to be asthmatics and those who already suffer from intolerance to aspirin and certain classes of drugs.
What is that?
We told you it is a red food coloring, of synthetic origin ... yes, but what is it? The name of the compound isazorubineand it is aazo dye.
It is artificially produced as a disodium salt. If in Europe it is used for food purposes, in Austria, Norway and throughout the United States, its use is prohibited. The "allergenic" reasons are not the only ones keeping this dye out of reach of food companies.
In the USA, in fact, theE122it can be used in products for "external use" but not for food. The reason? No company was determined enough to produce the necessary documentation to guarantee the food safety of this chemical compound.
In our country, theazorubine can be used as:
- food coloring
- excipient for drugs
- additive for cosmetic products
Risks to health
According to a survey conducted in 1983 byWorld Health Organization, azorubine does not report any carcinogenic or mutagenic evidence. In addition to the concerns raised above (allergenic risks, unspecified risks), it was assumed for a period that thered food coloringcould cause food intolerances orto exciteexcessively children, triggering symptoms typical of ADHAD.
No evidence has confirmed that thefood coloring e122can actually cause behaviors similar to those of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It was assumed that determinedfood coloring(including e122) can act as a trigger of ADHD in those who are genetically predisposed, however the research reported is insufficient to support this thesis.
Cochineal: food coloring
On several portals there is confusion between the food additiveand122and the additive e120. In both cases it is afood coloring of red color. E122 is azorubine and also counted among thesynthetic dyes.
The e120 approaches the world ofnatural food colors: is extracted fromcochinealplaced in hot water. Subsequently, the dye is treated with aluminum salts and returns a solution of abright redwhich is precipitated in the form of powder thanks to the addition of ethanol (alcohol).
Thecochineal red dye, with the initialsand 120, is now quite rare. Since the production process is more expensive, it has been supplanted by theartificial dyes with e122.
Othersfood coloringthey are the E110 called "Sunset Yellow", the E104 is the "quinoline Yellow". E123 is amaranth.
E120 is classified as "cochineal, carmic acid, carmini". E124 dye is also related tocochineal(Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A). This will make you understand why, if you have vegan friends, they avoid ingesting various drinks that appear to be based on fruit or vegetable macerates.