Posted on January 01, 2016
The act of coloring food likely began several thousands of years ago. There is written record dating back to 1000 B.C. Ancient Egyptians are said to have introduced yellow color into their food in the form of saffron, which is mentioned in Homer's Iliad, dating back from 700 B.C. Wine is the first reported beverage to be artificially colored as related by Pliny the Elder around 400 B.C. Romans in the upper class ate bread that had been whitened by mixing alum with the flour prior to baking.