Lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract – E 161b

Food coloring E 161b

What is lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract?

Sometimes the cookies can contain E 161b

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 propertiesZeaxanthin properties

Other featured food Colorings:

Curcumin – E 100

Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin, magnesium chlorophyll, magnesium pheophytin – E 140

Silver – E 174

Indigotine or indigo carmine – E 132

Tartrazine – E 102

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

29 October, 2021

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