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Many foods contain colorants, like Red 40, that are considered safe by the FDA despite studies showing that artificial dyes may be carcinogenic. While the government allows beautiful but possibly dangerous colored foods to sit innocuously on shelves at the supermarket, some food producers have taken it upon themselves to remove harmful dyes from their products. When baking at home, feel free to use all-natural alternatives to artificial dyes.red velvet cake recipe just needs a tweak to go from artificial to all-natural. Natural food dye options are often as simple as extracting vibrant colors from foods like beets, turmeric, and spinach.
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When you are devouring fresh blueberries at the farmers market, pay attention to how the juices dye your fingers a pale blue. Use blueberries to turn your favorite vanilla buttercream a soft shade of blue.
Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her @angelaccarlos on Twitter.