First things first, friends
Some years ago, I wrote one of the most popular articles on this site, Warning: What You Don’t Know About Food Coloring. The article is about how artificial food coloring is tested on animals, and it’s possible to make them at home with stuff you probably already have in the fridge.
I know I know: I talk about animal testing a lot.
I’ve talked about how honey is tested on animals, and I’m constantly talking about how artificial food colors are tested on animals. Seriously, animal testing sucks and can yield dangerous results when physicians treat patients using medicine based on the results of these studies.
I mention these things because not everyone knows how pervasive animal testing is. More than just health & beauty products and medications are tested on animals; we should be talking about that.
It’s the whole “the more you know, the more informed choices you make” thing.
A quick note about artificial food colors
Before I get too far, please don’t send me hate mail with angry emoji faces saying, “What is wrong with you?! If something is tested on animals, that doesn’t mean that it’s not vegan!”
Honestly, please don’t.
Here’s the thing: Veganism is an ethical philosophy that begins with the idea that humans shouldn’t be using animals in any way. If we are testing artificial food colors on animals, we use animals. And while it’s true nearly every substance we consume was once tested on animals at some point, this doesn’t mean we should continue to use products we know are currently being tested on animals, like artificial food colors.
If this is all new to you, read this article about artificial food coloring. In it, you’ll learn about the seven most commonly found food dyes in some of your favorite foods. And you’ll discover how these food dyes are tested on animals. Spoiler alert; the tests cause death in 100% of the animal participants.
Artificial food colors are unnecessary, toxic to our health, and tested on animals.
There’s a better way.
A colorful array of vegan food dyes / Source
Introduction to homemade food colors
Since I hate artificial food colors, I thought I’d show you how to make DIY colors. Like a pretty food color tutorial, if you will. None of these colors are hard to make, and they won’t hurt you, your family, or any poor animal destined for a life in a lab.
Bonus, they’re cheaper than buying the pre-made versions too!
Let’s talk about all-natural and vegan food colors.
Look at those colors! Yellow, blue, red, purple, and green. All colors can be made at home with simple ingredients in your fridge or pantry—no weird synthetic chemicals are required.
And since you’re looking, check out those miniature mason jars! Adorable! My love of all things tiny has been long documented on this blog, so you should have expected that from me by now ;)
Let’s take a look at how to make each color. Trust me; it’s not complicated or expensive.