Food Items That Might Be Hard To Eat Once You Know How They’re Made (Or What They Contain)

A Certain Red Food Dye Is Made From Beetles

There’s something about the color red that’s extra appetizing. That is, until you hear that it’s made from bugs. The dye is called Natural Red 4, Carmine, or E120 and its found in various food items and lipstick.

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DESIREE MARTIN/AFP via Getty Images

It’s made from the cochineal insect and the process has been around for hundreds of years. As disgusting as it may sound, this red dye is actually far healthier than some that are derived from coal or petroleum. Still, Starbucks famously booted carmine dye because it freaked out customers so much.