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Is carmins de cochenille vegan?

Carmins de cochenille is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is carmins de cochenille?

Carmine is a natural red pigment that is derived from the dried bodies of female cochineal insects. These insects are found in Central and South America, where they feed on cacti. The carminic acid found in the insects is extracted through a process of boiling and drying, resulting in a bright red powder that is used to color food and cosmetics. Carmines de cochenille is a common ingredient in processed foods, such as candy, yogurt, and juice, as well as in makeup, such as lipstick and blush. Despite its natural origin, carmines de cochenille has been associated with allergic reactions in some people and may not be suitable for those with certain dietary restrictions.

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