Plant source: Bixa orettana tree seeds

Appearance: reddish brown liquid, lumpy, powdery.

Classification: Natural Pigments


Product Details


Annatto is a natural edible orange pigment made from Bixa orettana seeds. Due to different production methods, it is divided into water-soluble and oil-soluble groups.

Water-soluble annatto is red to brown liquid, which exist in the form of agglomerates, powders or pastes with slight special odor. Its main component is the sodium or potassium salt of norbixin (Norbixin, C24H28O4 = 380.48), which is a hydrolysis product of bixin. It has excellent dyeability and poor light resistance. It is easily soluble in water and insoluble in acid. Its pH value should be around 8.0 when this product is used.

Oil-soluble annatto is red to brown solution or suspension. Its main component is bixin (bixin, C25H30O4 = 394.5). Bixin is orange-purple crystal with a melting point of 217 ° C; it is soluble in alkaline solution and insoluble in acid; it can form precipitates, which are insoluble in water, soluble in oil, propylene glycol, and acetone, and not easily oxidized.


Function and usage:

Annatto can be used for the coloring of Western desserts, cream, margarine, fats, salad oils, shortenings, ice cream corn flakes, breads, macaroni, pastries, beverages, hams, sausages, cheeses, etc.; and it can be used together with tar-based pigments for the coloring of Wiener sausages.


Potential Health Benefits of Annatto:

This natural food coloring has been associated with a variety of potential health benefits.

● Antioxidant properties

Annatto contains a variety of plant-based compounds with antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, terpenoids, flavonoids and tocotrienols.

Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize potentially harmful molecules called free radicals, which can damage your cells if their levels are elevated too high.

● Antibacterial properties

Studies have shown that this food coloring may have antibacterial properties.

In a test tube study, Annatto extract was shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli...

Adding Annatto to bread inhibited the growth of fungi and extended the shelf life of the bread.

Similarly, pork patties treated with Annatto showed less microbial growth than untreated patties after 14 days of storage.

This study suggests that this food coloring may have a good role in food preservation.

● May have anti-cancer properties

Early studies have shown that Annatto has anti-cancer potential.

Test tube studies have found that extracts of this food coloring can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and induce cell death in human prostate, pancreatic, liver and skin cancer cells, as well as other types of cancer.

Annatto's potential anti-cancer properties are related to the compounds it contains, including the carotenoids rhodopsin and norethindrins, as well as tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E.

● May promote eye health

Annatto is rich in carotenoids, which are beneficial for eye health. In particular, it is rich in the carotenoids bixin and norbixin, which are found in the outer layer of the seeds and help give them a bright yellow to orange color.

Packaging and shipping:

25 kg export-grade cardboard barrels as outer package; double-layer food-grade plastic bag as inner package

25 kg/barrel

Shipped by air, by sea and by express.

Youbio is an annatto supplier - a manufacturer of natural orange food coloring. We carefully select the best Bixa orellana seeds and then extract the natural orange color. Our special manufacturing process removes the odor and flavor of the cochineal tree. This makes our mahogany natural yellow food coloring highly concentrated. Contact us for samples!

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