Paprika oleoresin is a natural food dye extracted from red peppers used to provide red, orange, or yellow colouring. It is comprised of capsaicin, capsanthin, and capsorubin, and other carotenoids. In addition to use in food it may be fed to chickens to produce egg yolks or a richer yellow colour.

Health considerations

Paprika oleoresin is a source of carotenoids. However, it is present typically in very small quantities.

Keep in mind

Individuals sensitive to peppers or capsaicin should avoid this ingredient.

May be found in

Spice blends, orange juice, cheese, sweets, processed meat


Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2
Oxford Journals: Poultry Science

Alternative Spellings and Names

Capsanthian, capsorubin, E160c, paprika extract

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