Whenever I’m eating cereal, I feel like I’m separated from the current space I’m in. You know that feeling… where you *chomp* *chomp* *chomp* on those crunchy Cheerios and you can’t hear anything else? Love it! Anyways, when I’m immersed in my own cereal Wonderland, I like to read food labels.
So, I picked up my dad’s box of Fibre 1 granola bars. Packaging looks nice… 100 calories… Cool… Turned it around to read the ingredients.
First, I’d like to point out that the box says, “Strawberry flavour.”
I found it quite amusing to learn that there’s no strawberries at all :) This really isn’t surprising, but I was eating cereal – what else was I to do? Turns out, there’s cranberries that are flavoured to taste like strawberries, haha! Perhaps cranberries are more shelf stable while strawberries are not… Either way, I don’t feel it’s necessary to hide the cranberries! Poor shrivelled little guys…
This discovery led me to recall another story I read on Twitter that featured Starbucks. Apparently, the Soy Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino isn’t vegan! I didn’t even know they advertised it as vegan :P Anyway, the reason why it’s not vegan is because the colour of the strawberry sauce is derived from a red bug, the cochineal.
Personally, I dont’ think this is a big deal – probably because I’m not a vegan… and never will be! (I<3Ckn) Besides, as much as I hate to admit it, the truth is that if we don’t stop destroying our Earth with all the crap that goes on with industrial-sized farming and such… Bugs are the food of the future.
Another interesting fact:
Not only is cochineal used for food dyes, but also it’s incorporated into clothing dyes and makeup! Looks like we dress up in bugs and brush ourselves with bugs; so, we might as well eat bugs :)