Annatto, bixin, norbixin

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Carotenoids extracted from the seed crusts of the annatto shrub. There are three different products:

  1. oil-extracted annatto (also called true Orlean),
  2. the dye bixin,
  3. Norbixin (forms during alkaline extraction from bixin, is water soluble)

The yellowish to orange-coloured natural dye is soluble in dilute caustic soda lye, hot ethanol and chloroform and insoluble in water.

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Food colouring (E 160 b)

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E 160 b; Food additives (overview);


Last updated on: 29.10.2020