A dad learned just how impressionable little kids are when he accidentally put his daughter on the path to becoming a vegan. When redditor Bubonis explained the reality behind a red color additive called cochineal, his daughter was, as you'll see, pretty bugged out (pun=foreshadowing).

It was all good just a week ago.
It was all good just a week ago.

"TIFU by telling my daughter about chochineal"

Technically this happened on Sunday but the effects are ongoing.

Occasionally when I make my daughter breakfast I'll put a drop of food coloring into whatever I'm making her, just to put a little silliness on the table — green scrambled eggs or blue milk, for example. On Sunday I gave her red milk and while she was eating breakfast she asked me where food coloring comes from, whether it was natural or artificial, etc. I answered as best as I could, using Wikipedia to fill in what I didn't know then remembered cochineal. I told her about it and she was reasonably grossed out. I assured her that her milk did not have cochineal in it but she suddenly decided she was full, so we wrapped up breakfast and that was that.

I didn't think anything of it until Monday afternoon when she came home from school. While unpacking her lunch bag there was some leftover rainbow tortellini, and some M&Ms were still in the bag. I asked her about it and she said she didn't want to eat anything with cochineal in it. A moment later I realized: she ate the plain and spinach tortellini but left the (red) tomato ones, and she left all the red M&Ms alone.

Now she inspects everything that's put on her plate and if there's even a fleck of red (even actual red foods like strawberries or tomatoes) she won't touch it until and unless I prove to her that there's no cochineal in it.