Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions in the below post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.
Being a lover of wholesome, healthy, organic food, I understand that there are some things that can't be stopped in the pursuit of good products; a little dirt here and there is good for you, and sure, a couple little bugs you unknowingly might ingest is normal. Just don't think about too much it if it bothers you!
What is not okay is companies intentionally using downright gross and dishonest marketing in the pursuit of 'healthy' foods, such as Dannon yogurt using an extract made from the pulverized, dead bodies of cochineal insects (usually labeled as carmine on food labels) to give its yogurts fruity red colors.
Aside from that, while safe for most people, the coloring extracted from the pulverized dried bodies of the cochineal insect can cause allergic reactions in some of the population, ranging from hives to anaphylactic shock!
Quite honestly, I really don't mind a few insects or dirt when it comes to truly organic and natural foods; as my mom says to this day, 'Oh well, just more added protein.' I've also heard of people eating a teaspoon of dirt native to their region because it's supposed to have tremendous health properties.
Whether there's any truth to that, who really knows, but it's a very intriguing concept!
What does bother me, however, is passing off crushed up insects, that are potentially dangerous to some people, as natural fruit color and flavoring and intentionally misleading consumers regarding this fact.
If you feel the same way and would like to be a part of a positive change in the right direction in regards to REAL fruit being the cause of coloring and flavor instead of crushed up dead insects, your signature on this Berries Over Bugs petition is greatly appreciated!
Help Dannon see the natural, fruity light and help them also usher other companies to do the same by switching their food coloring practices to something more healthy, wholesome, and safe for their consumers!
Are you going to sign the Berries Over Bugs petition?
Why or why not?