02 Apr '12, 2pm

Why you should be glad there are bugs in your Frappuccino

Okay, yes, everybody — especially vegans, corporation-haters, and bloggers who like writing about gross things you just put in your mouth — got a little excited over the news that Starbucks’ Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino derives its red color from crushed bugs . But here’s what you didn’t know: That’s actually a good thing. As the aptly-named Bug Girl pointed out on Skepchick , bug-derived red dyes (cochineal, which is the stuff in the Starbucks drink, and carmine) are at least made out of something that’s technically edible. Lots of folks eat bugs — people in most developing countries, bikers who encounter gnat clouds, Anthony Bourdain. But almost nobody thinks coal tar or petroleum are foods, and it turns out that’s the other available option. The alternative to using cochineal is mostly Red 40, which is made from coal tar. No, seriously. It’s made from coal tar . Or ...

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