Monday, November 4, 2013

Berries Over Bugs Petition: Tell Dannon Real Fruit Over Pulverized Bugs!

 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!

Cochineal Insect

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? 


Erin C said...

I think carmine, cochineal extract, and natural red 4 - whatever you want to call them - is no better than a synthetic lab created food coloring. How these are "natural" is beyond me.

I don't have to worry too much about reading labels with how we eat now, but I do think Dannon {and many other companies, for that matter} need to be called out on the integrity {or lack thereof} of their ingredients.

Unknown said...

Guess what? Activia is a carmine offender also. The food blog BeFoodSmart has a post in October 2011 comparing the top brands of yogurt - I was thrilled to see my fav brand, Fage, come in first place. I love the natural taste of the plain flavor, so rich, and Fage has the least ingredients of any grocery store yogurt. It's my go-to when I'm not making my own yogurt!

Side note: I recently discovered Noosa honey yogurt and although it's not as ingredient sparse as Fage, I occasionally indulge in one as a special treat!

I signed the Dannon petition because unfortunately their Oikos is my hubby's favorite yogurt. :-( Smashed up dry bugs is disgusting. Blech.

XmasDolly said...

I am so gonna B-A-R-F! OMG I will NEVER buy Dannon every again or anything that's red AUGHHHHHH TOTALLY GROSS! ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Thanks for the heads up. CHILLSSSSS AUGHHHHHHH

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Ellen said...

I heard about this last year and have stopped by Dannon yogurt because of it. Add berries if you want red color. Don't add bugs.

Marina@EBMR said...

Oh MY GROSS!!!! Seriously? I'm so thankful we stick to organic but eeeek, seriously? I would definitely sign!!

tm said...

Wow - just signed the pledge for that one and totally grossed out that I've eaten this in the past.

Angela said...

I have never even heard of this. I'm feeling a bit ill after reading this.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the link! I always say, give me dirt and insect, even poo, but don't lie on ingredients!!