Carmine is a pigment. Carmine is an artificial pigment, which can make food more beautiful. The dosage is fine within the normal range, but it is not good for the body. Cochineal pigment, synonymous with cochineal insect pigment. The main component is carminic acid. It can be used as a colorant for drinks such as wine, fruit pulp, cold drinks, candy, cakes, meat, sausage, etc. it can also be used in cosmetics.
Carmine, also known as acid scarlet 3R, is a water-soluble synthetic pigment, bright yellow red, monochrome variety. Soluble in water and glycerol, insoluble in ethanol, insoluble in oil, no poisoning in animal test. Carmine is allowed to be added to 30 kinds of food in 12 categories, including red sausage casing, soybean milk beverage, shrimp slices, candy coating and ice cream, with a maximum dosage of 0.025g/kg. It is not allowed to add vitamins to energy drinks.
Nature and indicators:
Yellow at pH = 4.5; PH = 5.0, orange; PH = 5.5, red; PH ≥ 6.0, purple red. The light resistance of the pigment in the range of orange, red to purplish red is good, while the light resistance is poor when the pH value is about 4.5 and 7.0-7.5. Good thermal stability. In case of iron ion, the tone becomes pale or colorless.