Natural Food Dyes: Colorful and Health Conscientious


Most of us are aware that food coloring contains harmful dyes; why else would they have bizarre, code-sounding names like Red #40 and Yellow #5, eh? All joking aside though, we barely think about it, but we consume various food dyes daily because they are found in a lot of processed foods in the United States. Just remember, every time you eat a green candy or you drink an orange sports drink, you are consuming chemical food dye.

And while that neon pink cupcake you just ate was both colorful and delicious, there is no reason why we should be restricted to only using chemicals to achieve that bright shade of pink in our foods. After all, aren’t there natural foods that produce dyes, too?

You bet there are.

Natural dyes are much better for your health and they won’t wreak havoc on your digestive track.  Check out this list of natural sources for food coloring here and try your hand at making colorful and natural treats.

And for those of you that want to know what natural foods create the entire color spectrum, check out this list we compiled:

Turmeric: yellow

Raspberries: baby pink

Currents: pink

Blueberries: blue/purple

Blackberries: dark pink

Avocado: pale green

Kale: green

Chocolate or coffee powder: brown

But here is a foodie tip from us to you: Although natural food dye seems the way to go, not all natural coloring is created equal. Just a heads up…if you see the ingredient “Cochineal” listed among the ingredients in that delicious snack you’re eating, it means that it contains red dye made from bugs. But hey, maybe that is your cup of tea.




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