E161b is a food additive approved by the European Union
It is used as a natural colouring agent in food and drink products.
The common name for E161b is Lutein.
E161b is a yellow/orange colouring that occurs naturally
in green leaves, egg whites and marigolds. When required on a commercial
scale, E161b is extracted from nettles and grass.
This colouring is only partially soluble
in water and is therefore not widely used. E161b is
a xanthophyll (oxygenated
derivative of carotenes).
Our search did not reveal any
side effects of E161b.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E161b:
Alcoholic drinks, egg yolk and soups.