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Bixa orellana. A tree found in tropical America, characterized by cordate leaves and spinose, seed-filled capsules; a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp around the seeds is used as a food coloring.



(Bixa orellana), a tall shrub or small tree of the family Bixaceae. The alternate leaves are cordate-ovate. The large, five-parted flowers are in terminal panicles. The fruit is a polyspermous bivalve capsule. The annatto is native to tropical America. It has been cultivated for a long time in tropical countries of the Old and New Worlds to obtain an orange dye, also known as annatto. The dye is obtained from the fleshy outer covering of the seeds and is used mainly to color butter, margarine, cheese, and similar food products. Indians used the dye as body paint. The annatto is also used as a hedge and as a windbreak.

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CANADA III-18Market Analysis III-18Table 78: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysisfor Carotenoids by Product Segment - Beta-Carotene, Lutein,Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Annatto, Capsanthin and OtherMarkets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures inUS$ Thousand for Years 2010 through 2018 (includescorresponding Graph/Chart) III-18
An additional study published this year in the British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research concluded that annatto tocotrienol (mainly composed of delta-tocotrienol) improved cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol, triglycerides and inflammatory cytokines.
This "natural'' product (which is usually found in the popcorn aisle) contains the very non-natural partially hydrogenated soybean oil, as well as maltodextrin and extracts of annatto.
He recalls his father using annatto (Bixa orellana) to dye the clothes of Vaishnav ascetics a traditional orange-yellow, and he also reminisces about making his own toys from discarded bamboo sticks and clay.
Partial replacement of nitrite by annatto as a colour additive in sausage.
While palm and rice yield a tocotrienol-tocopherol mixture, annatto is the only tocopherol-free source of tocotrienols (Figure 1).
The FDA also allows a number of natural colors, such as carmine, annatto, turmeric, beta-carotene, and caramel color, which do not receive agency certification.
The list of FDA-approved sources for natural colorings is long and includes beets, carrots, grapes, tomatoes, elderberries, purple corn, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, annatto tree seeds, turmeric, paprika, chlorophyll, iron, titanium dioxide and a bug called Coccus Cacti L.
com Ingredients: milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzyme, annatto WHOLE VITAMIN D MILK Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 ounce (28 g) Amount Per Serving Calories 17 Calories From Fat 8 Daily Value * Total Fat 1 g 1 Saturated Fat 1 g 3% Trans Fat Cholesterol 3 mg 1 Sodium 11 mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 1 g 0% Dietary Fiber 0 g 0% Sugars 1 g Protein 1 g Vitamin A 1% Iron 0% Calcium 3% Vitamin D3 3% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 1,000 calorie diet.
They use a variety of plant materials, including beets, turmeric root, annatto seeds, purple carrot, purple cabbage, gardenia flowers, hibiscus flowers and grape skin.