Like many of you, I try using as many natural ingredients as I can in my household. I buy high quality flour without bleaches or corn, and do my best to avoid any ingredients that I know include harmful synthetic chemicals. Not only is it healthier for my family, but it tastes better too – and while it may require a bit more work, it's worth it. One type of ingredient that has always given me a lot of trouble however, is food coloring. While I didn't think anything of using these colorings before, I recently became very concerned about them. Some research has been showing that artificial coloring can lead to learning delays or developmental disorders. It also seems to be showing a harmful effect on children with ADHD and autism. After hearing how much some of my friends' health have improved after eliminating these dyes from their diet, I see no reason not to look for healthier, natural alternatives, just in case the research continues to show this.
In the past, I tried making my own natural colorants a handful of times using berries and other ingredients that have strong natural colors. While it worked sometimes, other times it was just a giant mess. Wanting to know more, I started looking to see if anyone sold any form of natural colorants. Through my search, I discovered Nature's Flavors, and their new food colorant line, Natural Colors. Wanting to know more, I reached out to the company, who was nice enough to let me review their Nature's Flavors Rainbow Pack of Natural Colors for free!
Nature's Flavors Natural Colors: What is It
For centuries, people all over the world made derived any color for their food from all natural ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, and different food safe plants. Over time, people went to synthetic chemicals because they were cheaper to make and lowered the price of products. Unfortunately, it seems that these chemicals may not have been as safe as people thought, leading to people looking for all natural colorants again, such as Nature's Flavors own Natural Colors.
As for Nature's Flavors Rainbow Pack of Natural Colors , it is 100% natural, kosher certified, vegan, gluten free, and free of the harmful chemicals that make artificial colorants so dangerous! To make clean up easy, all of these liquid colorants are also water soluble, giving you the comfort of knowing you aren't ruining clothes if an accident does occur, or staining your favorite dishes. Currently, the Rainbow Pack of Colors contain 5 popular colors – Cherry Red, Natural Blue, natural Honeydew Green, Natural Yellow, and Natural Pumpkin! These colorants are perfect for coloring beverages, cold foods, or even your favorite baked recipes.
Nature's Flavors Natural Colors: Effectiveness
While all of us may like the idea of using natural colorants, we also don't want to deal with a huge mess or have our favorite recipe ruined. I was bit nervous trying this colorant since the bottle said it could give undesired results when baked due to heat. Like any good baker, I wanted to immediately test on a cake and icing! I decided for my review to use the red coloring, as you can see in the batter below. Since I was experimenting, I didn't want to use as much coloring as my original recipe stated. As you can see, the batter turned out to be a pretty, almost purple red when mixed with the brown coco. Baked, it kept about the same color, telling me that that Nature's Flavors Natural Colors have the same ratio as their synthetic counterparts. Still having a pretty red cake, I was happy!
Now, the part that was really impressive was how the Nature's Flavors Cherry Red Natural Colors interacted with my cream cheese icing. Wanting a bit more of a pink, I only put a small amount of coloring in the pan. I was left with a beautiful, light pink icing that was stunning! Really, playing with shades and different colors is much easier with Nature's Flavors, leading me to believe it's a great choice for anyone who loves to bake or decorate cakes!
Nature's Flavors Natural Colors: Overall
After baking and working with this food colorant, I have to say that I like it! While it does take some experimenting to get the color just right, it gives a natural, vibrant color to dishes. I did have it interact with other colors while baking, but this can happen with just anything when you start mixing colors (similar to playing with a color wheel). For anyone who loves to bake and do food art, this stuff really is amazing and a great alternative to synthetic food dyes. For this reason, I happily give the Nature's Flavors Rainbow Pack of Natural Colors an A+ rating.
Nature's Flavors Natural Colors: Where to Purchase
Want to know where you can purchase Nature's Flavors Rainbow Pack of Natural Colors? You can currently purchase this all natural set on Nature's Flavors for $49.95. This five piece set includes Cherry Red, Natural Blue, natural Honeydew Green, Natural Yellow, and Natural Pumpkin. Each of these bottles contain 2 oz of colorant and is very concentrated, making this set a great bargain for anyone who loves to bake!
Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive free products for review purposes via Tomoson.com. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers' opinions.
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