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Annatto

Alternate Names

Annatto Extract, Bixa Orellana, Bixin, Norbixin, Roucou

Description

Derivative of the tropical achiote tree. Used to produce a yellow to pink coloring; has a slightly sweet and peppery flavor. Widely used food coloring in meat-products, dairy, and baked goods.

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Names

Annatto Extract, Bixa Orellana, Bixin, Norbixin, Roucou

Allergy Information

FD&C Colors

Uses

Coloring, Flavoring

E-Number

E160b

Additional Information

Commonly found in Latin America and Caribbean cuisines. The seeds of the achiote tree are used to make lipstick and body paint. The fruit itself is not edible.



Found In

dairy products, bologna, frankfurters, margarine, cereal, ice cream, baked goods, rice, cheese, smoked fish

Possible Health Effects

Studies indicate that it may cause allergic reactions in some people. Also may cause hypersensitivity reactions.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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