E160c(i) - Oleoresin

Paprika oleoresin is an oil-soluble extract from the fruits of Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens, primarily used as a coloring and/or flavoring agent in food products.


Oleoresin (E160c(i)):

Function: Oleoresin is used as a natural food coloring to provide a specific hue to food products.

Origin: It is derived from natural extracts of plants, often from fruits, vegetables, or other plant sources rich in pigments.


  • Food: Oleoresin is used to color various food products, such as sauces, confectioneries, baked goods, and other items.
  • Color: The obtained color depends on the specific plant source used to produce the oleoresin. It can range from yellow to red, among other shades.

Oleoresin is often preferred as a natural coloring over artificial colorings.

  • Safety: Oleoresin is generally considered safe when used in accordance with food regulations. Plant sources of oleoresin are often considered traditional food ingredients.
  • E Number: Oleoresin is identified by the E160c(i) number when used as a food additive.
  • Labeling: In the ingredient list, you will likely see "oleoresin of [name of the plant source]" to indicate the specific variety used.

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