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Why is butter yellow?

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Butter is yellow because, quote Wikipedia, "its color is dependent on the animal's feed and is commonly manipulated with food colorings in the commercial manufacturing process, most commonly annatto or carotene."

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Most butter contains food coloring to make it more yellow, uncolored it is generally a paler yellow to almost white. The color depends on what's fed to the cows producing the milk to make the butter, the more fat the milk contains the more yellow it is and also the more expensive it tends to be - so the reason for the food coloring is to make the butter to appear to be of a higher quality, containing more fat and tasting better.

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