Applications

The copper-substituted derivatives of pheophytin are relatively stable to light and mineral acids and are more stable than the metal-free pheophytins and pheophorbides. The major portion of the estimated $15 million (in 1994 U.S. dollars) in annual sales of colorants derived from chlorophyll is in the water-soluble forms (1). The major portion of both oil-soluble and water-soluble forms is used in dairy products, edible oils, soups, chewing gum, sugar confections, and drinks. A minor proportion is used in cosmetics and toiletries.

Chlorophyll colorants are widely used in Europe and other parts of the world but are not permitted in the United States.

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