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Gold in Food
Gold is synonymous with luxury, wealth and historically, even health. As a result, there is a long tradition throughout history of gold being used in food and drink either to symbolize wealth or for its perceived health benefits.
For example, in the Japanese culture it is believed that thin gold-foils placed in tea, sake and food can be beneficial to health.
Gold leaf, flakes or dust are sometimes incorporated into luxury foods. Some gourmet food companies are using gold in chocolate, deserts and champagne.
In Medieval Europe food was decorated with gold leaf as a symbol of the host’s wealth.
In Poland the herbal liqueur, Goldwasser, contains flakes of Gold and similarly the drink Schwabach from Germany contains gold leaf.
Gold even has its own food E Number which is 175.