WTF Fun Fact -The Red Color From Cochineal Insects

Much of the red coloring we use in food is actually made of crushed bugs known as Cochineal insects. Found on prickly pear cacti, they produce a bitter, crimson-colored pigment called carminic acid, which they store in their guts and use to ward off predators. – WTF Fun Facts

Source: You Know What Red Food Dye Is Made Of, Right? | HuffPost Life

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