I was eating some Cheetos puffs the other day, one of my guilty pleasures as you may have already learned from earlier posts. As I watched the palms of my hands assuming an unnatural science-fiction orange — the fingers themselves becoming like terrifying animated Cheetos sprung to life — I began to wonder about the color.
Among the interesting questions I found others posing online about Cheeto orange was: “Do Cheetos turn your poop orange?” The color is apparently “manufactured from aromatic hydrocarbons from petroleum”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Or, to put it in visual terms:
I began to wonder if maybe there wasn’t a better way to color Cheetos… something a little more natural. What was the closest thing in nature to Cheeto orange?
Not quite. But we begin getting closer:
And closer still:
From the floral world (you’d think they could pull some orange out of these):This guy is practically a swimming Cheeto:
And finally, I have found the color that is closest to Cheeto orange in nature. And think what a service we would be doing if we could figure out how to deliver this color to the Cheetos laboratory so it would no longer be terrorizing our streets?