TikTok's 'all natural' pink sauce has a surprising link to anxiety

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Photo credit: Jack Andersen - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jack Andersen - Getty Images

While aesthetically pleasing content on TikTok is usually within the beauty realm (hello hair slugging), #FoodTok has come up with a rather pretty trend of its own. You'll likely see something called 'pink sauce' popping up increasingly frequently on your social media feeds in the near future - not least because the creator of the Barbie-hued condiment has just signed a deal to bring it to the masses.

But first things first, what is pink sauce? It was concocted by TikTok user Chef Pii - real name Veronica Shaw - who is a single mother-of-two and a private chef based in Miami. She has been serving the stunning dip to her clients for over a year, but it wasn't until she introduced it in a video on the site in June that it promptly went viral. Her posts showing it as an accompaniment to everything from tacos to crudités have racked up millions of views.

Chef Pii revealed in a later post that the pink sauce is made from a mix of honey, chili, garlic, sunflower seed oil and dragon fruit. However, it is also understood to have a sprinle of pink Himalayan sea salt, as well as contain less than two per cent lemon juice, dried milk and citric acid. The result is a "sweet, spicy and tangy" flavour which she says can be consumed with everything.

Now, Chef Pii's inclusion of dragon fruit not only provides its amazing pink colour, but also serves up some important nutritional qualities. 'Dragon fruit is rich in magnesium, which helped me out with my anxiety,' she claimed in a video on her YouTube. 'That is my personal story, and that is why I love dragon fruit.' Indeed, the fruit is incredibly high in the mineral - containing 18 per cent of the recommended RDA in just 250g - which has been found by research to help mood.

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Photo credit: adisa - Getty Images

If you want to give making it a go at home, Chef Pii unfortunately hasn't revealed exactly how she creates what she describes as her 'edible and natural' her pink sauce. However, from July 1st, she launched The Pink Sauce to buy for $20 a bottle, which proved a quick sellout.

What's more, last week it was announced that Chef Pii had teamed up with a US-based sauce manufacturer Dave's Gourmet. They revealed in a press release, according to the LA Times, that they had together created a version of the sauce that was 'less complicated, dairy-free, and clean of any preservatives, artificial colors or flavours'.

It is unclear when, or if, the Pink Sauce will become available in the UK. In the meantime, others (like this YouTube user) have attempted to decipher Chef Pii's secret recipe to try at home. Good luck!

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