5 Things to Know About Tanning Pills


What Food Orange 8 and Tanning Pills Have In Common

The active ingredients in tanning pills are pigments called carotenoids, a range of yellow to red colors. Canthaxanthin is also used as a color additive in food manufacturing, where you might find it under the name Food Orange 8, carophyll red or roxanthin red 10. It occurs naturally and is derived from shellfish, fish, mushrooms and certain plants -- brine shrimp, among other crustaceans for example, get their color from a carotenoid called canthaxanthin -- and added to many processed foods we eat including barbecue sauces, fruit drinks and salad dressings, as well as animal feed to deeper the red color of the fish [Source: FDA].