The red colour you see in beverages, ice-cream, yoghurt, lollies, lipstick, cosmetics, medicines and tablets could likely be from crushed beetles! The red dye has been:
extracted from the dried bodies of the cochineal insect.
That’s a bit creepy and also really sad. Poor little beetles.
Check the ingredients list for cochineal, carmines, carminic acid, 120 or E120 – they all mean the same thing – beetle juice!
Love Alana xx
* Photo sourced from Welsh Wildlife Photography