Flavoxanthin (E161a) – Overview, Uses, Side Effects & More

Additive Summary Flavoxanthin (E161a)
Essence Flavoxanthin or E161a is a Xanthophyll naturally found in various plants used for its yellow-color-offering capabilities. Xanthophylls are a class of Carotenoids (the other one is Carotenes).
Names All-trans-Flavoxanthin, Carotene-3,3′-diol, E161a, Flavoxanthin, and others.
Sourcing  Commercially, it is typically created from buttercups (genus Ranunculus).
Manufacturing Unknown.
Application Coloring (golden-yellow, water-insoluble).
Acceptable Daily Intake None determined.
Side Effects None. But since there is a lack of studies on it, it has not been currently approved in either European Union or the United States.
Benefits As a Xanthophyll, it offers powerful antioxidant capabilities. Hence, it can potentially provide quite a few benefits. But which ones exactly, that’s hard to tell or predict for now.
Studies Less than 10 studies on Pubmed. No studies on safety.
Allergens None.
Diet Restrictions None.
Health Knight Assessment
Potentially Harmless. | Category 2 Additive.
Products It is almost never used in supplements. In processed foods, it can pretty much be found only in sweets and candy.

Flavoxanthin (E161a) Side Effects Are Potentially Not A Thing Lollipops Can Have It But It Is Rare

Gelatin-Based Candy Can Also Offer It Carotene-3,3'-Diol Is Not Very Common In Food

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