The dye Beta-carotene (E160a, beta carotene) is one of the most common in the food industry. The gamma for coloring products with Beta-carotene varies from yellow to orange. The resistance of Beta-carotene to light and oxidation is low, and to heating and changes in the acidity of the medium is good.
There are several sources of Beta-carotene origin. So, Beta-carotene is obtained by the following methods:
- extracts from plants, algae;
- microbiological synthesis from fungi;
- chemical processes.
This pigment is widely distributed in nature. Plants produce it as a result of photosynthesis.