Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Beetlejuice Rerun.......

Okay, I have to admit that I am posting this at the request of my friend Edith Ann(and that's the truth),and after reading a similar article in today's Advocate. Actually, this originally appeared in the Advocate back in 2006, but I s'pose since I wrote it, it isn't technically plagiarism, right?

Breakfast With The Beetles
By pilot in A Pirate Aground In The City
January 27, 2006

Eewww factor high on this one......I caught a piece of a story on the radio about 4:30 this morning on the way to work, regarding the pretty colored fruit on the bottom of Yoplait Raspberry Yogurt, and ruby red grapefruit juice. It turns out that they don't come by those bright red hues quite so naturally, and need a bit of a boost in the pigmentation department to spiff 'em up and make them look all the more tasty, they do. Also turns out that the most effective and safe coloring agent for these products, comes from a little cactus eating female beetle from south of the border known as Dactylopius coccus.

By the way, they also use this dye in shampoo, candy, and many other products as well.
Credit the Aztecs and Mexican indigenous tribes for discovering this little bug, and the Spaniards for capitalizing on it.

Yes Birddog - I Snopes'd this one. Like I said - 8.5 eewww factor. Probably pegs the needle on the PETA (people eating tasty animals) meter too, considering it takes about 70,000 of these ladybugs to make a pound of dye.
I'd love to hammer on this one more, but it's time to head downstairs to the Greasy Spoon for a yogurt and some grapefruit juice.........

Read about your breakfast here:


Edith Ann said...

Nope, this wouldn't even register on the Schustereit Scale for plagiarism; it does however peg the needle, as you say, on the Schustereit/Bucket Scale of All Things Gross.

I will never eat anything red again. Except fresh tomatoes, of course.

Pilot said...

You overlooked watermelon and cherries and strawberries......and a good old bloody red steak........and crawfish. Stick with the plain yogurt and add your own fresh goodies.

amybradley said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm Irish and Native American so my Mother the Native side has shared many things kinda like this with me already old remedies and things to help cure or fix whatever you may own. Anyway, that's another book. The dyes in things have been a Native American thing too, but I must admit this is new to me and very interesting to share with elders so thanks!