Who does not look forward to a delicious egg at Easter, especially when it is colorfully colored with Easter egg colors. But is the food color on the eggshell really harmless? Often, the egg is also slightly colored under the shell, as the color can penetrate through small cracks in the egg and is then eaten.
Not everyone tolerates the dyes
Multi-colored eggs from the supermarket have been treated with food coloring. Usually this is also marked. These Easter egg colors are considered to be harmless to health.
But not every person tolerates all permitted dyes. Often, artificial substances are used to dye the eggs, which can trigger sensitive reactions in people allergy-like reactions (pseudoallergies).
Easter egg colors for allergic persons questionable?
The fact is that you have to be careful with certain Easter egg colors. Especially the commonly used azo dyes are questionable for allergy sufferers and can cause redness, itching or, in the worst case, a neurodermatitis or asthma attack!
The following dyes are considered potentially hazardous to health:
- E 122 for red eggs
- E 151 (brilliant black) for blue eggs
- E 102 (Tartrazine) for yellow eggs
- E 104 quinoline yellow
Two colors are considered harmless:
- E 140 (chlorophyllin) for green eggs
- E 160b (Bixin, Norbixin) for orange eggs.
Easter egg colors: natural and non-toxic
A look in grandmother's bag of tricks further helps: The alternative namely dyes from natural pigments, which are not quite as bright, but guaranteed non-toxic. The best known are onion skins, beetroot juice, elderberry juice and ivy leaf juice. However, there is also a certain caution for allergy sufferers, if they react to certain plants anyway.
Make Easter egg colors yourself
Mother Nature offers the following shades to conjure up for the Easter on the shell of eggs:
- Chamomile, caraway or saffron color eggs yellow.
- Red cabbage and beetroots make eggs red.
- Elderberry juice gives them a bluish hue.
- Black tea colors white eggs brown, Rooibos tea dark yellow to orange.
- Cranberries bring pink on the shell.
- Spinach and stinging nettles produce greens.
- Blueberry juice gives them a purple coat.
- Onion skins shade the eggs yellow-brown.
Two more tips at the end:
- Do not scare easter eggs! With the water also bacteria can get inside and multiply there. Thus, the eggs are less durable.
- Rub the dyed and cooled eggs with a bacon rind - this not only gives a nice shine, but the fat closes the pores and thus extends the shelf life.