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Everything you need to know about Carmine & Chitin, how to spot "bugs" in foods, and avoid them!!

Updated: Mar 5

Now that the world's "experts" decided that in order to combat the climate change we must stop consuming rice, instead, feed ourselves with insects... I conducted a small research, and I wrote this article in order to inform you about the insect additives that are extremely-wildly used in our foods, where they come from, under which codes they are listed on the foods' packaging, how to recognise and avoid them!

Firstly, let's see what is officially listed as carmine.

"Carmine is a red food colouring derived from the cochineal insect, which is native to South America and Mexico. The insect is harvested, dried, and then crushed to produce a bright red pigment called carminic acid. Carmine is commonly used in a variety of food and beverage products, including candies, yogurts, fruit drinks, and more, to give them a red or pink colour.

While carmine is generally considered safe for consumption, some people may have an allergic reaction to it. Additionally, some vegetarians and vegans choose to avoid carmine because it is derived from an animal source. In response to concerns about the use of carmine, some food manufacturers have started using alternative red dyes, such as beet juice, instead.

In the United States, carmine must be listed on food labels as "cochineal extract" or "carmine" and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."

Now, let's see, what Chitin is.

"Chitin is a natural polymer that is found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans, such as shrimp, crab, and lobster, as well as in the cell walls of some fungi. In recent years, chitin has gained attention as a potential food ingredient due to its unique properties and potential health benefits.

Chitin is indigestible in humans, meaning that it is not broken down by digestive enzymes and passes through the digestive system intact.

Chitin can be extracted from crustacean shells and other natural sources, and is typically processed into a chitin powder or chitosan, a derivative of chitin. These products can be used in a variety of foods, including baked goods, meat products, and beverages, to provide a range of functional benefits.

While chitin and chitosan are generally considered safe for consumption, some people may be allergic to crustaceans and should avoid products that contain them. Additionally, the use of chitin in food products is still relatively new, and more research is needed to fully understand its potential benefits and risks."

Chitin comes from bugs too!!

Continuing my research, I found how carminic acid additive is produced.

"Carmines are hydrated aluminium chelates (lakes) of carminic acid"

The highly toxic aluminium is bonded with it!!!

"Aluminium chelates are a type of food additive that are used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in processed foods, particularly in dairy products. They are a type of aluminium compound that is chemically bonded to other substances, such as amino acids or organic acids, to form a stable, soluble complex.

Aluminium chelates are typically added to processed foods to help improve their texture, consistency, and shelf life. They are particularly useful in dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, as they can help prevent separation and improve the product's texture.

While aluminium chelates are considered safe for consumption in small amounts, there is some concern about the potential health effects of long-term exposure to aluminium in the diet. Some studies have suggested that high levels of aluminium intake may be linked to an increased risk of certain health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, but more research is needed to confirm these findings.

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Continuing the research, I discovered by a published paper from Japanese Society of Allergology that Chitin induces Steroid-Resistant Airway Inflammation!!

More was about to come.... Fungal Infection & Asthma!!

"The fungal ligand chitin directly binds TLR2 and triggers inflammation dependent on oligomer size"

And then... Hyperplasia!!! Cancer!!!

"Hyperplasia, or hyper genesis, is an enlargement of an organ or tissue caused by an increase in the amount of organic tissue that results from cell proliferation. It may lead to the gross enlargement of an organ, and the term is sometimes confused with benign neoplasia or benign tumour. "

Since Chitin is delivered in nano-particles, that means that it haw access to our cells. That causes autoimmune diseases and cancer!!!

Carmine is not found only in our foods, but also in wall paint (so that we can inhale it constantly...) and in clothing dyes (to have it on our skin....)

Imagine how many people suffer from asthma and allergies, and they have no idea what ingredient causes them!! It's because those additives are not isolated from our foods to be tested, and be checked for reactions!

Special tests must be done, if we are aware!

Personally... once I had a sip of red wine, and I'd been coughing for half an hour.... Then I discovered what happened!! Carmine additive as food colouring... And I've never been allergic to seafood.

Imagine how much money B1g Ph@rma makes from the c@ncer trea@tments.....

Imagine how many vegan friends consume bugs... and they have no idea...



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Some say that chitin is it exists in seafood... Seriously now...?

Do you eat the lobster's exoskeleton often...??

pic from the net

OK.Now that we cleared that these additives are not safe, and cannot be metabolized by the human body, I can continue with giving you every possible code that exists in the food industry, worldwide, so that you'll be able to recognise and avoid them.

Then I'll give you the most common foods that contain these additives.

I'll also give you some apps that you can use to scan the code on your food's packaging, or the ingredients and understand what you are buying. Keep reading.

Carmine, Chitin, Bugs & Worms codes, depending on the country or region.

  • E120: This is the European Union code for carmine, and it is used in the ingredient list of food products sold in the EU.

  • CI 75470: This is the colour index number for carmine, and it may be used on food packaging in some countries.

  • Natural Red 4: This is the name given to carmine by the U.S. FDA, and it may appear on food packaging in the United States.

  • Cochineal: "The cochineal is a scale insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha, from which the natural dye carmine is derived. A primarily sessile parasite native to tropical and subtropical South America through North America, this insect lives on cacti in the genus Opuntia, feeding on plant moisture and nutrients."

  • Tropomyosin: "Tropomyosin is a naturally occurring protein that is found in a variety of organisms, including animals, plants, and bacteria. In the food industry, tropomyosin is used as a food additive to provide functional properties, such as texture and binding, and as a flavour enhancer. In terms of food safety, tropomyosin is most commonly associated with shellfish, such as shrimp and lobster. This is because tropomyosin is a major allergen in these foods, and people with shellfish allergies can have severe allergic reactions if they consume foods containing tropomyosin. Tropomyosin is also found in other animal-based food products, such as beef, chicken, and pork, but is generally considered to be a minor allergen in these foods. It's worth noting that tropomyosin is not an additive that is added to food products as a separate ingredient, but rather a naturally occurring protein that is present in certain foods. Therefore, food labelling regulations do not require the specific listing of tropomyosin as an ingredient on food packaging."

  • Poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine: "Poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (PNAG) is a polymer made up of repeating units of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, a type of sugar molecule."

  • Shellac, or E904 : "is a natural resin secreted by the female lac bug, which is native to India and Thailand. The resin is harvested from the branches of trees where the bugs attach themselves to and secrete the resin to create a protective shell around their eggs. Shellac is commonly used as a food glaze and coating, particularly in confectionery products such as jelly beans, chocolates, and coated fruits. It is also used as a coating for pharmaceuticals, inks, and wood products. Shellac is generally considered safe for human consumption, although some people may have allergic reactions to it. In some cases, shellac may also contain trace amounts of insect parts and debris, which may be a concern for vegetarians and vegans."

  • Carminic Acid: "Carminic acid is a red glucosidal hydroxyanthrapurin that occurs naturally in some scale insects, such as the cochineal, Armenian cochineal, and Polish cochineal. The insects produce the acid as a deterrent to predators. An aluminium salt of carminic acid is the colouring agent in carmine, a pigment."

  • Chitosan:"is a linear polysaccharide composed of randomly distributed β--linked D-glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. It is made by treating the chitin shells of shrimp and other crustaceans with an alkaline substance, such as sodium hydroxide. Chitosan has a number of commercial and possible biomedical uses."

  • Chitooligosaccharites: "Chitooligosaccharides (COS) are the degraded products of chitosan or chitin prepared by enzymatic or chemical hydrolysis of chitosan. The greater solubility and low viscosity of COS have attracted the interest of many researchers to utilize COS and their derivatives for various biomedical applications. In light of the recent interest in the biomedical applications of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives, this review focuses on the preparation and biological activities of chitin, chitosan, COS, and their derivatives." (Read the paper)

  • Hydrated aluminium chelates (lakes) of carminic acid: "This is a type of food additive that is used as a colourant in various food products. Carminic acid is a red pigment that is derived from the cochineal insect, and it is often used as a natural alternative to synthetic red dyes. To create the lake form of carminic acid, the pigment is chemically bonded to a hydrated aluminium chelate, which is a soluble aluminium compound that has been complexed with other substances. The resulting lake pigment is a fine powder that is more stable and easier to use in food products than carminic acid alone. Hydrated aluminium chelates (lakes) of carminic acid are commonly used to provide a red colour in a variety of food products, including confectionery, baked goods, and beverages. They are considered safe for consumption in small amounts, but like other aluminium-based additives, there is some concern about potential health effects from long-term exposure to aluminium in the diet."

  • Gryllodes sigillatus: "It's the tropical house cricket, Indian house cricket or banded cricket, is a small cricket probably native to southwestern Asia, but has spread throughout tropical regions worldwide. "

  • Acheta Domesticus: "Commonly called the house cricket, is a cricket most likely native to Southwestern Asia, but between 1950 and 2000 it became the standard feeder insect for the pet and research industries and spread worldwide. They can be kept as pets themselves, as this has been the case in China and Japan. "

  • BBFCMs : "BBFCMs are made from biological, renewable resources and are used for packaging food products. They are a popular alternative to fossil fuel-based materials because they come from sustainable sources and are generally biodegradable or compostable." More study about health safety needed."

"1.1.1Foodcontactmaterialrisks Anymaterialorarticlethatcomesintocontactwithfoodhasthepotentialtotransferitsconstituents intothefoodstuff.Thesechemicalconstituentsincludetheintentionallyaddedsubstances(IAS) andthenon-intentionallyaddedsubstances(NIAS).TheIASarethoseusedtoproducepackaging andforplasticsarewelldefinedandregulated.Incontrast,theNIASareunknownsandaswellas impuritiesinstartingsubstances,mayincludereactionandbreakdownproductsgeneratedduring manufacture."

  • Mealworm flour or powder: This is the most common name for ground or powdered mealworms used as an ingredient in foods. Mealworms are the larvae of the darkling beetle and are used as a source of protein in some foods. Mealworms can be dried, roasted, or ground into a powder and added to various food products, such as protein bars, pasta, and baked goods."

  • Tenebrio molitor: This is the scientific name for the species of beetle that produces mealworms, and it may be used on food packaging as an ingredient.

  • Migratory locust: The migratory locust is the most widespread locust species, and the only species in the genus Locusta. It occurs throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It used to be common in Europe but has now become rare there.

  • Larvae or larval protein, or Alphitobius diaperinus : Some food manufacturers may simply list mealworms as "larvae" or "larval protein" on their ingredient list.

Save/note those codes somewhere!

Now we know....

The most common foods that contain such additives are: Red and pink food colouring, Coatings and glazes. Baked goods and snacks, such as cookies, crackers, and chips, may contain flour or protein made from mealworms or other insects. Protein bars and supplements: Some protein bars and supplements may contain protein powder made from cricket flour or other insect sources. Beverages, oils, chocolate, soups, precooked meals, sauces and dips, meat, ham, cosmetics and skin care products (from skin everything ends up in the blood stream. (check the analysis here), bread, pasta, sausages and burgers, jelly.... The list is literally endless!!!

We have to be extremely careful with what we buy and consume. Always check the labels and understand what additives a product contains. Beside the "bug additives" we looked into, there are a lot more harmful ones that we should reject!! If you find suspicious ingredients, just leave the product where you found it!!

The best thing we can do to protect our health and that of our beloved ones is to buy pure ingredients, and prepare everything at home!!! Even better, if you know producers & how they grow their crops. Do you research!

We can always freeze our food in portions, and save time and energy!! Imagine how much more time we must spend checking those labels, than just putting a pot on the stove and making something delicious, nutritious, and healthy! It also a money saving choice!!!

Time for a surprise.... Do you know whre else Chitin/Chotisan is used..?? WOUND BANDAGES!! Straight in our bloodstream!!! Cause it's cheap!!!

"A new medical dressing helps skin wounds heal faster. Its innovative ingredient is the structural material in the skeletons, scales and shells of marine animals and insects.

Called chitin (KY-tin), this polymer is second only to plant cellulose as nature’s most abundant material. And as a natural waste produced by seafood-processors, it costs little.

Jinping Zhou is a chemist at Wuhan University in China. He was part of a team that created the new wound dressing. His group knew that chitin could help fight germs and had been shown to sometimes promote wound healing. These researchers wondered if making a gauze out of it would speed wound healing better than the traditional cellulose-based gauze does."

Of course, in case you have an idea, Germany has the experts to customise your new chitin-based product...!!

And of-course everyone can buy the bandages...

Yes...straight in the bloodstream..... Let's move on...

Besides doing your research, there are some free apps that you can download, and to check the products' labels. Here are some of them:

  1. Food Additives 2: This app, available on both iOS and Android, allows users to search for food additives by name or code, and provides information about their functions, potential health effects, and whether they are safe for consumption. The app also includes a feature that allows users to scan the barcode of a food product to determine whether it contains any harmful additives.

  2. E-Numbers: This app, available on iOS, provides information about food additives commonly used in the European Union, including their names, functions, and safety profiles. The app also includes a feature that allows users to search for additives by name or code, and provides a list of foods that commonly contain each additive.

  3. Chemical Maze: This app, available on both iOS and Android, provides information about food additives and other chemicals commonly found in food products. The app rates each chemical on a safety scale of 1 to 10, and includes information about potential health effects, sources, and other details. Users can search for chemicals by name, and can also scan the barcode of a food product to determine whether it contains any harmful additives.

  4. Yuka: A free mobile app that allows you to scan the barcodes of food and cosmetic products, and instantly see their impact on your health. A rating and detailed information help you understand the analysis of each product.

  5. E Checker App: Has a list of more than 500 food additives, ans will even alert you to known health hazards and dietary restrictions of any chemical additive.

  6. Insekten Stop: The app uses a database to scan the barcode of the food and then analyze whether it possibly contains insect components.

  7. Ingred App: Check with a photo of the label for ingredients of cosmetics or food can be harmful to your health. Query the database of food additives and ingredients in cosmetics.

  8. Avoid Food Additives App: Helps you identify all those food additives that harm your health. ? Also inform about the additives that can harm the health of pregnant women, vegans, vegetarians, lactose intolerance, allergy sufferers and asthmatics.

Do some research and read reviews before downloading an app, to ensure that it includes products from your country and provides accurate information.

If you know more & accurate apps, please share them in the comments bellow, saying in which countries they work properly, so that we can help more people!!


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