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Love the pink color of your Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino? Think it comes from fresh strawberries? Think again. The coffee chain announced in a statement that it has started using cochineal extract to create that pink color, ABC News reports.



So what the heck is cochineal extract? It's derived from grinding up insects, the dried bodies of cochineal bugs, found primarily in Mexico and South America, according to ABC. Suddenly, a tall Pike Place is sounding like a better bet.



But before you get all bugged out, consider the facts. Starbucks says the move was intended to reduce its use of artificial ingredients. Cochineal dye has been used as a coloring agent since the 15th century, and it's considered safe by the FDA. In fact, it's widely used for coloration in jams, preserves, meat, marinades, alcoholic drinks, bakery products, cookies, cheddar cheese and many other food products, according to ABC, so you're probably eating it already and don't even realize it. However, cochineal extract may cause asthma or an allergic reaction. So, keep that in mind, too.
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  • Eugene Kornienko 2012/11/02 13:41:34
    Doable
    Eugene Kornienko
    let eat bee
  • waternymphxD 2012/06/27 14:05:07
    Gross
    waternymphxD
    Uh!:-$
  • CodeBlonde 2012/06/19 19:38:09
    Doable
    CodeBlonde
    It's not hurting anything, & I'm sure way healthier than artificial dyes. But my q is: why do they have to use a dye if there are supposed to be strawberries making it pink in the first place? are they lying about using real fruit?!
  • Mike J. Hirak 2012/05/15 21:41:21
    Doable
    Mike J. Hirak
    Doesn't bother me
  • Dydy 2012/04/14 16:39:27
    Doable
    Dydy
    This isn't a new practice, so get over ur selves.: bugs r used every where
  • TheAvengers#1Fan 2012/04/14 00:00:42
    Gross
    TheAvengers#1Fan
    ugh!!! STARBUCKS IS RUINED FOR ME NOW!!!
  • Black_Rose 2012/04/12 12:23:23
    Gross
    Black_Rose
    I don't drink Starbucks anyway.
  • Kitty 2012/04/12 03:38:13
    Gross
    Kitty
    yum.
    what doesn't have bugs in it?
  • Relay 2012/04/12 02:36:55
    Doable
    Relay
    bug is a delicacy in some countries! i feel honored to drink it!
  • Alvin 2012/04/12 01:49:20
    Doable
    Alvin
    Cochineal extract has been used by food processors for decades, this is nothing new. If you think that is bad, consider that those of you who use honey are sweetening you food with bee vomit. What is worse? Dead bugs of Insect Vomit?
  • 22RIDE 2012/04/12 01:24:20
    Doable
    22RIDE
    I didn't know that. But it doesn't bother me.There are many things we daily use that contain products derived from animals. Clothing, cosmetics, etc. If you want to know more what it is, what it is used for, and in what... go HERE. And scroll down to 'Uses'.
  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2012/04/12 01:21:28
    Gross
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    I don't do Starbucks.......!
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/04/12 01:02:25
    Gross
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +1
    Now I know why I never went there. LOL
  • MO.gal 2012/04/12 01:00:02
    Gross
    MO.gal
    +1
    I will never drink one! yuck
  • Barefoo... MO.gal 2012/04/12 01:22:18
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    I've had Starbucks..... I like my own coffee better..... way better!
  • Michelle Rimner 2012/04/04 22:58:24
    Gross
    Michelle Rimner
    +1
    i just had one of them :(
  • stevie.luplow 2012/04/03 20:12:20
    Doable
    stevie.luplow
    In some cultures, bugs are food, plain and simple. We only think it's disgusting because we've been taught it is.
  • aaroneb63 2012/04/01 21:28:42
    Doable
    aaroneb63
    Everything that GOD created is good. It's the manmade/synthetic things that has caused all the diseases andsickness.
  • kephers 2012/04/01 00:47:48
    Gross
    kephers
    +1
    Oh well I will never drink a strawberry frap from starbucks again. I'm glad they let me know because if I would have found out later, they would have been getting a call from my lawyer for feeding me the guts and blood of an unclean bug which is against my religious beliefs.
  • Ardwin_Viesheight 2012/03/31 22:42:49
    Doable
    Ardwin_Viesheight
    +2
    lol that die is used in so many foods.
  • Rubyking 2012/03/31 21:05:07
    Doable
    Rubyking
    protein
  • Mic 2012/03/31 14:28:30
    Doable
    Mic
    +2
    You ppl have no idea...Your FDA allows so many ppm (parts per million) of bugs in all kinds of products...Every cake mix, pasta, flour, etc has an allowable number of bugs in it!
    You wouldn't eat anything if you knew what all your consuming on a daily basis.
    Vegans, I could really gross you out but as long as you don't know, my grass fed beef prices will be lower, you know the whole consumer and demand thing :-))
  • david.perez1 2012/03/31 11:43:58
    Gross
    david.perez1
    +1
    I'm vegan. A little disappointed it took starbucks this long to inform it's customers.
  • Eugene Kornienko 2012/03/30 05:43:58
    Doable
    Eugene Kornienko
    +1
    let it be
  • Sierra Greeson 2012/03/29 23:25:22
    Gross
    Sierra Greeson
    +2
    ...why dont they just use strawberries? O.O
  • mm61675 Sierra ... 2012/04/01 02:15:10
    mm61675
    +1
    exactly!
  • Michael S Smith 2012/03/29 22:35:47
    Doable
    Michael S Smith
    +3
    Origionaly I would have vote Gross till I read that this stuff is used in other products and has been used for centuries so i guess it is ok though I just drink the Mocha any way
  • Alarice 2012/03/29 19:06:17
    Doable
    Alarice
    +2
    If you're not a vegetarian (I'm not) you're eating a lot of grosser animal products anyway. I mean, think about meat. Really think about it. There's no real reason to be grossed out by bugs in your drink if you don't have a problem with eating other animal products.
  • Sierra ... Alarice 2012/03/29 23:21:40
    Sierra Greeson
    +1
    i am vegetarian... vegan actually :&
  • Alarice Sierra ... 2012/03/30 15:00:24
    Alarice
    +4
    Well then it's probably gross to you, and it's a good thing this information is public so you and other veg(etari)ans can make an informed decision about it.

    It's just weird that other omnivores are freaking out about this when... hello, the other things they eat are a lot grosser.
  • Izzy! 2012/03/29 18:43:24
    Gross
    Izzy!
    +1
    I don't think I'm ever going to be able to drink anything from Starbucks ever again....Excuse me I have to go...
    vomiting
  • Uranos7 Izzy! 2012/03/29 20:36:19
    Uranos7
    +2
    Then I probably should not tell you Mountain Dew and those single cheese slices get thier color from the contents of a pigs stomach.
  • Izzy! Uranos7 2012/03/29 22:57:00
    Izzy!
    +1
    I..I..Love...Mountain Dew......
  • Alvin Uranos7 2012/04/12 01:52:28
    Alvin
    Or even consider that the original recipe for Red Bull contained red bull bile, which is why the name. Now they use synthetic bull bile and call it "taurine"
  • Pdavid 2012/03/29 18:39:33
    Gross
    Pdavid
    Disgusting...and yet suddenly I'm craving a strawberry frap. Excuse me, I have to go to Starbucks...
  • Little Queen-phαετ 2012/03/29 18:06:28
    Doable
    Little Queen-phαετ
    +1
    I like to keep it natural, whenever possible.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/03/29 16:06:14
    Gross
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    Shouldn't this be a health violation? Whatever, I can't afford Starbucks anyway.
  • weenyboy 2012/03/29 15:07:02
  • Alvin weenyboy 2012/04/12 01:53:22
    Alvin
    That goes into hot dogs along with pig snouts and other less delectable parts.
  • cassie 2012/03/29 14:25:03
    Gross
    cassie
    +1
    ewwww it's not bad if it's coloring jeans but in a drink?
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