Food coloring E 161b
What is lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract?
These substances labeled under the code number E 161b are natural colorants of vegetable origin. They are orange in color and derived from the xanthophyll of nettles, algae, alfalfa, palm oil or egg yolk.
Chemical properties of lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract
They are fat-soluble substances, stable at room temperature and heat stable.
Uses in diet of lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract
These colorants are used in:
Sauces, condiments, sweets, cakes, cookies, puff pastry, alcoholic beverages. Also in medicines, cosmetics, poultry feed.
Lutein, xanthophyll, and tagetes extract toxicity
They are considered safe additives. Their ADI is not determined and it is allowed in unlimited quantities for the manufacture of food products.
*Related information: Lutein properties / Zeaxanthin properties
Other featured food Colorings:
– Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin, magnesium chlorophyll, magnesium pheophytin – E 140
– Indigotine or indigo carmine – E 132
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29 October, 2021