I recently found out some crazy, awful, horrible news and I need to share it with you guys to get this feeling of grossness off of my chest! (Lucky you, right?)
So, I was reading about vegan and non-vegan candies, and on the list of non-vegan candy were Nerds. I had no clue what was in Nerds that made them non-vegan, so I looked further into the situation and found that they are not vegan because they contain “Red 4”
Not knowing what Red 4 was or why it wasn’t vegan, I looked it up, and to my horror found out that Red 4 is basically squished up beetles!! I have never been a huge bug fan, and the idea of eating them grosses me out more than I can say. I don’t hate them, but I’m not exactly “vegan for the bugs.”
As someone who wants to devote her life to veganism, I have NO clue how I did not know about Red 4 before!
Not only is carmine in some foods, but it’s also widely used in lipsticks and other red-tinted cosmetics. This is another thing that I apparently was clueless on! Luckily for me, I tend to only buy cosmetics that are labeled vegan because I like supporting vegan companies, but this is a scary thing to find out if you’re someone who likes to just buy any old lipstick from CVS.
Here’s a picture of one of the big guys himself:
I may not be a bug fan, but I’m prettyyyyy sure these guys don’t want to be crushed up for the sake of your lipstick looking on point.
So why do companies use carmine? Apparently, carmine is used because it is cheaper than other red dyes, like beets and strawberries, (which happen to be better dyes than carmine!)
If you want to avoid wearing or eating beetle guts, def do your research to make sure that you don’t cross paths with this unnecessarily gross dye.
On that note, hope I didn’t ruin your weekend with all of this crushed up beetle talk!