How Common is Caramel Coloring?For centuries, people have safely used caramel to color their foods. In fact, one in 20 food items you find in any supermarket — from bread to salad dressing — is made with caramel coloring.
Found in hundreds of foods, caramel coloring is the world’s most widely used food coloring. It’s made in a heating process called caramelization. In its basic state, caramel coloring ranges from pale yellow to amber to dark brown. But when added to some foods, it can create many other colors.
What is Caramel Coloring?
Why Do We Use Caramel Coloring?People have always placed appearance and color above all other factors when choosing what to eat. Caramel coloring has improved the appeal of hundreds of different foods, including baked goods, soft drinks, and even alcoholic beverages.
“If food does not taste good, people will not try it again.
If food doesn’t look good, people may not try it at all.”
– Ted Nixon, D. D. Williamson Chairman and CEO
What Does the FDA Say About Caramel Coloring?The FDA classifies caramel color as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). That means caramel color may be safely used in foods, as long as it is made according to FDA regulations. Other GRAS ingredients include salt, vinegar, and most cooking spices. The World Health Organization (WHO) also concludes that caramel color is safe.
What Do Scientists Say?For the past 40 years, all caramel safety studies have shown no health threat to humans. Studies have shown that it meets rigorous food safety standards around the world.
Can Caramel Coloring be Eliminated from Foods?Yes, but caramel coloring affects the flavors in foods and beverages and your family would find their food far less appetizing. Imagine a world with gray potato chips, beige barbeque sauce, and pale gravy.
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