Natural Colors Used in Sports Nutrition
- Synthetic and natural color ingredients
Color additives are substances that give color to food, drinks, and cosmetic products. You might add color to food and drink to give it a fun, decorative look or to enhance the product's original hue. In the sports nutrition industry, color is most often used to identify flavors. For example, purple sports drinks are associated with grape flavor, while yellow sports products usually have a citrus-like taste.The FDA includes both synthetic and natural colors in food under its definition of color additives. Artificial ingredients like FD&C Blue No. 1, Green No. 3, Red No. 3, and Yellow are known as certified color additives, which means they must undergo certification each time a company manufactures a new batch. On the other hand, colors gathered from natural sources like fruits or vegetables are exempt from batch certification. However, they must still be approved by the FDA before a company can use them in sports nutrition products.
- How are sports nutrition colors created
Natural colors for sports nutrition and functional food and beverages are produced from natural, edible sources. Manufacturers can obtain these colors either through physical or chemical means. The result is a selective extraction of the ingredient's pigments, which can then be turned into a liquid, gel, powder, or paste, depending on the product you want to color. It is then added to the food or beverage.
- Ingredients used to create natural colors in sports food and drink
As more consumers demand naturally sourced products, manufacturers are finding new ways to pigment their sports nutrition products naturally. While you can use many vegetables, plants, minerals, fruits, and other natural materials for the colors they produce, some of the most common include: anthocyanin, chlorophyll, betanin, beta-carotene, and carmine.