Carthamus red is a natural red food dye derived from the petals of dried safflower flowers treated with an acidic solution.

Health considerations

Carthamus red has antioxidant activity and protective effects against liver damage in rats with liver injury.

May be found in

Beverages, wine, candy, canned fruit, ice cream, ice-lolly, jelly, preserved fruit


Journal of Ethnopharmacology
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Alternative Spellings and Names

Carthamin, CI Natural Red 26, Safflower red

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