St Patrick’s Dye

As I’m sure you’re aware, tomorrow is the St Patrick’s Day.  To celebrate we’ll wear green, dye rivers, and attend parades.

I’m told, ahem, drinking green beer is also a traditional St Patrick’s Day activity.  How is a favorite malted beverage dyed Roy Biv’s middle initial?  Food coloring.  Which, if you’re curious, is…

….the average green synthetic food coloring contains not only propylene glycol, propylparaben and water but also fd&c yellow 5, fd&c blue 1. Grasses and vegetation as well as mint are natural sources of green pigment. (link)

Should you be shocked and appalled at this chemical laden additive?  Nah, it’s St Patrick’s Day!  Drink like you’re Irish.


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