{"id":604615016754,"title":"Pink Sauce Review: Is It Bad For You?","created_at":"2023-01-15T17:46:46-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Pink Sauce Review: Is It Bad For You?\",\n \"keywords\": \"pink sauce, pink sauce review, pink sauce reviews, pink sauce tiktok, pink sauce recipe tiktok, the pink sauce, what is pink sauce, tiktok pink sauce recipe, pink sauce ingredients, pink sauce recipe, tiktok pink sauce, what's in the pink sauce, tik tok pink sauce, how to make pink sauce, chef pii pink sauce, pink sauce controversy\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in TikTok-famous Pink Sauce to give our take on whether it's good for you or bad for you. 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But just this week, the viral pink seasoning sauce \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/news.yahoo.com\/viral-pink-sauce-fda-approved-213134954.html\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ewas FDA approved\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and is now sold in-store at Walmart.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut what’s actually in Pink Sauce and is it bad for you? Does it have any questionable preservative ingredients that now make it shelf-stable? Is it really worth a price of $10 per bottle? And how do real users rate and describe the taste of Pink Sauce?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Pink Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is healthy or unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also compare it to other seasoning sauces and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Pink Sauce.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – Is Pink Sauce Unhealthy?\u003c\/b\u003e \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Pink_Sauce_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1673822705\" alt=\"Pink Sauce ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eDragon fruit\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is what gives Pink Sauce its distinct color, and this is a natural, rich source of phytochemicals that most Americans don’t typically consume.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32378233\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Food Biochemistry\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e described dragon fruit as a “wonder fruit” due to its antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and antidiabetic effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCoconut cream\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another healthy, whole food ingredient in Pink Sauce. It was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3824402\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to improve cholesterol levels in healthy adults.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately while there are some healthy, whole food ingredients in Pink Sauce there are also some ingredients that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid, especially at this price point.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAdded sugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e when consumed in excess is associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and while there are only two grams of added sugar in Pink Sauce, many Americans already consume too much sugar in their diet.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMaltodextrin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may cause intestinal distress when used as a food additive according to a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6409436\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003espices\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are broad categorical descriptors which fail to describe the specific flavoring agents used. As we referenced in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/smart-sweets-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSmart Sweets\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e candy, there is some medical evidence that some natural flavors and their metabolites are toxic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTitanium dioxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a colorant that’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.efsa.europa.eu\/en\/news\/titanium-dioxide-e171-no-longer-considered-safe-when-used-food-additive\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebanned in the E.U.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for use as a food additive due to toxicity concerns.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium benzoate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epotassium sorbate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e,\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e citric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecalcium disodium ETDA\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are all preservative ingredients, and while the inclusion of these ingredients likely helped get Pink Sauce approved by the FDA, it seems illogical in our opinion to use a seasoning sauce with so many preservatives when there are sauces on the market with none.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we do not consider Pink Sauce to be healthy, and we believe there are much better options especially at the $10 price point.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat's the Controversy About?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s uncommon for a seasoning sauce brand to be surrounded by so much controversy, but for consumers who want the full backstory on Pink Sauce, it’s an interesting one.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Tea Spill” reviews the whole backstory in a highly entertaining video that covers everything from the missing ingredients lists at the inception of the company, a lack of temperature control before shipping, and even the founder of the company disrespecting a customer on live TV:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/CKo6VCk2Rxs\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Pink Sauce User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube user named “Tay Eats” tried Pink Sauce and gave an honest review:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/fJRrW5RqKyw\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA popular TikTok creator named “NoahGlennCarter” had a negative experience with Pink Sauce:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@noahglenncarter\/video\/7170492762893176106\" data-video-id=\"7170492762893176106\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@noahglenncarter\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@noahglenncarter?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@noahglenncarter\u003c\/a\u003e My pink sauce review \u003ca title=\"pinksauce\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/pinksauce?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#pinksauce\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"review\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/review?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#review\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"foryou\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/foryou?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#foryou\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/All-I-Want-for-Christmas-Is-You-222454852260487168?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMake Healthy Pink Sauce at Home\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince dragon fruits are nutritious, healthy and taste great, people wanting to try pink sauce may want to try making it at home using a recipe with whole food ingredients. This video from a YouTube creator named “lookatchu” shows you how:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/F1LTKzG4l34\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Healthy Seasoning Sauce Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Seasoning_Sauce_Image.png?v=1673822744\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3iNvRGu\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrimal Kitchen Organic Sauce\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as our top healthy seasoning sauce pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe sauces contain nutritious, whole food ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic apple cider vinegar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic dijon mustard\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic onion powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and these products are free of added sugar, free of preservatives and free of titanium dioxide. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrimal Kitchen’s sauces are also cheaper than Pink Sauce, costing $6.84 per bottle.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Primal Kitchen Organic Sauce \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3iNvRGu\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to its official Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePink Sauce does contain natural ingredients which give it its distinct color and it may be healthier than some seasoning sauces on the market since it’s made primarily with dragon fruit.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, this sauce brand contains a wide variety of questionable additive ingredients, from colorants banned in the E.U. over toxicity concerns to four separate preservatives to added sugar and more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not recommend Pink Sauce and we do not consider it to be healthy overall.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere’s a significant amount of controversy online around Pink Sauce, and most of it stems from the fact that there were apparently lax safety guidelines when the company first started. The fact that Chef Pii has since partnered with a bigger brand and gotten her products FDA-approved and in Walmart suggests that safety concerns in the future are unlikely.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe there are healthier seasoning sauce options on the market at a better price point than Pink Sauce, and for consumers who are really curious about Pink Sauce, you can make it at home without preservatives by following a recipe shared in a YouTube video above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-01-15T17:54:50-05:00","updated_at":"2023-01-15T17:54:50-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in TikTok-famous Pink Sauce to give our take on whether it's good for you or bad for you. 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Pink Sauce Review: Is It Bad For You?

Pink Sauce Review: Is It Bad For You?


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Pink Sauce, founded by an influencer named Veronica Shaw who goes by Chef Pii, became TikTok famous before facing controversy over food safety concerns. But just this week, the viral pink seasoning sauce was FDA approved and is now sold in-store at Walmart.

But what’s actually in Pink Sauce and is it bad for you? Does it have any questionable preservative ingredients that now make it shelf-stable? Is it really worth a price of $10 per bottle? And how do real users rate and describe the taste of Pink Sauce?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Pink Sauce based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is healthy or unhealthy.

We’ll also compare it to other seasoning sauces and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Pink Sauce.

Ingredient Analysis – Is Pink Sauce Unhealthy? 

Pink Sauce ingredients

Dragon fruit is what gives Pink Sauce its distinct color, and this is a natural, rich source of phytochemicals that most Americans don’t typically consume.

A medical review published in the Journal of Food Biochemistry described dragon fruit as a “wonder fruit” due to its antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and antidiabetic effects.

Coconut cream is another healthy, whole food ingredient in Pink Sauce. It was shown in a clinical trial to improve cholesterol levels in healthy adults.

Unfortunately while there are some healthy, whole food ingredients in Pink Sauce there are also some ingredients that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid, especially at this price point.

Added sugar when consumed in excess is associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in medical research, and while there are only two grams of added sugar in Pink Sauce, many Americans already consume too much sugar in their diet.

Maltodextrin may cause intestinal distress when used as a food additive according to a 2019 medical review.

Natural flavors and spices are broad categorical descriptors which fail to describe the specific flavoring agents used. As we referenced in our review of Smart Sweets candy, there is some medical evidence that some natural flavors and their metabolites are toxic.

Titanium dioxide is a colorant that’s banned in the E.U. for use as a food additive due to toxicity concerns.

Sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid and calcium disodium ETDA are all preservative ingredients, and while the inclusion of these ingredients likely helped get Pink Sauce approved by the FDA, it seems illogical in our opinion to use a seasoning sauce with so many preservatives when there are sauces on the market with none.

Overall we do not consider Pink Sauce to be healthy, and we believe there are much better options especially at the $10 price point.

What's the Controversy About?

It’s uncommon for a seasoning sauce brand to be surrounded by so much controversy, but for consumers who want the full backstory on Pink Sauce, it’s an interesting one.

A YouTube creator named “Tea Spill” reviews the whole backstory in a highly entertaining video that covers everything from the missing ingredients lists at the inception of the company, a lack of temperature control before shipping, and even the founder of the company disrespecting a customer on live TV:

Real, Unsponsored Pink Sauce User Reviews

A YouTube user named “Tay Eats” tried Pink Sauce and gave an honest review:

A popular TikTok creator named “NoahGlennCarter” had a negative experience with Pink Sauce:

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Make Healthy Pink Sauce at Home

Since dragon fruits are nutritious, healthy and taste great, people wanting to try pink sauce may want to try making it at home using a recipe with whole food ingredients. This video from a YouTube creator named “lookatchu” shows you how:

Our Healthy Seasoning Sauce Recommendation

We recommend Primal Kitchen Organic Sauce as our top healthy seasoning sauce pick.

The sauces contain nutritious, whole food ingredients like organic apple cider vinegar, organic dijon mustard and organic onion powder, and these products are free of added sugar, free of preservatives and free of titanium dioxide. 

Primal Kitchen’s sauces are also cheaper than Pink Sauce, costing $6.84 per bottle.

Interested consumers can check out Primal Kitchen Organic Sauce at this link to its official Amazon listing.

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Conclusion

Pink Sauce does contain natural ingredients which give it its distinct color and it may be healthier than some seasoning sauces on the market since it’s made primarily with dragon fruit.

However, this sauce brand contains a wide variety of questionable additive ingredients, from colorants banned in the E.U. over toxicity concerns to four separate preservatives to added sugar and more.

We do not recommend Pink Sauce and we do not consider it to be healthy overall.

There’s a significant amount of controversy online around Pink Sauce, and most of it stems from the fact that there were apparently lax safety guidelines when the company first started. The fact that Chef Pii has since partnered with a bigger brand and gotten her products FDA-approved and in Walmart suggests that safety concerns in the future are unlikely.

We believe there are healthier seasoning sauce options on the market at a better price point than Pink Sauce, and for consumers who are really curious about Pink Sauce, you can make it at home without preservatives by following a recipe shared in a YouTube video above.




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