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Is cochenille vegan?

Cochenille is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is cochenille?

Cochenille is a natural red dye extracted from the female cochineal insect, which is native to Mexico and Central America. The insect feeds on the sap of certain cacti and stores the carminic acid in its body. This acid is the key component of the dye and is extracted by boiling the insects. Cochenille has been used for centuries to color food, cosmetics, and textiles, and is still widely used today. It is valued for its intense, bright color and its ability to withstand high temperatures and long storage periods. Despite its widespread use, some people have raised concerns about the ethical and environmental implications of using insect-based dyes.

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