Food Color & Lake Colour Additives and their Applications

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Purpose of Food and Lake Colour Additives
Food and Lake Colours are commonly used for giving versatile colours to food and beverages. These colours are also majorly used in various products like medicines, textiles, paint, toothpaste, cosmetic and many more as the application is immeasurable. Colour additives are produced in various forms like in liquid, powder, gel and paste.
There are various purpose of applying colour additives like;

  1. To maintain and bring back the natural colour variation.
  2. To apply Colours to colourless food and beverages.
  3. To beautify the food and make it more attractive and tempting
  4. To stabilize the lost colour due to environmental exposure.

Need of Food and Lake Colour Addition
Adding colours to food directly affect the appetite and food choice. Use of natural colours has been done but seeing the economical facet, synthetic colourants have become much popular. Synthetic colours are less costly and contain varied range.

Colour additives have critical significance over food acceptance. Natural and fresh looking food and beverages are considered of superior quality and it is more likely to be accepted by the consumers. Synthetic colours do not degrade fast like natural colours.

It is a clear psychology that people relate certain colours with certain flavours which is perceived in all food and beverages.

Varied Range of Food and Lake Colours
There are various range of lake food colours available, from chemicals like deep red colour, yellow, orange and more which are approved and can be used for application in food.
Below is the list of few colours, like;

Tartrazine: Tartrazine is a synthetic colour used in numerous food application. It has yellow shade. There are various food containing tartrazine those are; chicken broth, pasta, pancake mix, pickles and more.

Brilliant Blue Colour: It has reddish- blue powder in appearance. Brilliant blue food color is water soluble and have maximum absorption. To obtain various pigments of green it can be mixed with tartrazine. There are various food containing this dye are ice-cream, blue Coloured dairy food, sweet and many beverages.

Erythrosine: It is synthetic cherry red colour. Erythrosine is used in candies, cocktails, decorating gel and more.

Sunset Yellow: It is derived from petroleum, primarily used, to give sunset yellow colour to food which is also known as orange yellow. It is used in various food like sauces, desserts, candies and more. Varied shades of brown can be obtained when combined with amaranth.

Allura Red: Allura red are highly demanded food pigment globally. It is used in food like sweets, candies, ice-creams, yogurt and beverages.

There are other various stains that are produced and are highly demanded like amaranth, indigo carmine, ponceau, fast green, patent blue, quinoline yellow, chocolate brown, food  yellow, food black and fast red. Amaranth is dark red to purple pigment and its name was taken from amaranth grain. Ponceau is also under the shade of red which is used as a food Colour. Indigo carmine is a shade of blue used for blue coloured food and beverages and also these stains are used in diverse industries like textiles, medical, cosmetics and more.


  1. Lake food Colours are versatile and are highly adaptable.
  2. Lake Colours are highly stable in compare to the water soluble Colours.
  3. As these Colours are stable it can applied in varied products belonging to various industries.

Varied range of food and lake colour additives are being used, produced, manufactured and supplied to widely and globally and for various purpose.

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