While Nestlé is removing artificial ingredients from Butterfinger, it is not going back to the 1969 recipe, which apparently stuffed adult women into the chocolate bar. (photo: Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

Nestlé Says It Will Remove Artificial Flavors & Colors From Chocolate Products

Crack open a Butterfinger bar and you’ll find a core that uses food dyes like Red 40 and Yellow 5 to get that distinctive orange hue. While these and other artificial ingredients are certified by the FDA for use in food, a growing number of consumers are looking for products with more natural ingredients. That’s why Nestlé USA has pledged to remove artificial flavors and colors from all of its chocolate items by the end of the year. [More]

Kraft To Stop Using Artificial Dyes In Some Mac & Cheese Products (But Not In The Most Popular Version)

Kraft To Stop Using Artificial Dyes In Some Mac & Cheese Products (But Not In The Most Popular Version)

Six months after a petition to remove certain controversial food dyes from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products made national headlines, the company has announced that it will remove artificial dyes from three kid-targeted mac and cheese products. However, Kraft will continue using the dyes in the “original flavor” versions that include elbow macaroni. [More]

Starbucks Stops Using Bug Extract In Products

Starbucks Stops Using Bug Extract In Products

Cochineal extract has the vague name one would come to expect from a food ingredient. And for years, it’s been used as a food coloring option for people looking to get a nice red hue in their edible items. But what some folks don’t know is the “cochineal” in cochineal extract is a tiny insect that is pulverized to make the red dye. [More]

Blue Food Coloring Used In M&Ms Has Actual Medical Use

Blue Food Coloring Used In M&Ms Has Actual Medical Use

Now, you know what they say about green M&Ms. That isn’t true. But have you heard what they say about blue M&Ms? That the dye they contain can help the body to repair damage from spinal cord injuries? That one’s true. Oh, and the dye also turns rodents blue.