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What are “natural flavors” anyway?

Every Last Morsel

The FDA’s thorough definition of natural flavor essentially boils down to this: It’s a substance derived directly from a plant or animal or from the roasting, heating, or fermentation of said animal or plant. The source can be pretty much anything: fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, leaves, roots, bark, meat, eggs, and dairy products among them. Sounds OK so far, doesn’t it?

But here’s the tricky thing...

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    What's most shocking about this is that chemically speaking, there's not much difference between natural and artificial flavors- it's just the synthesizing that makes it not as safe. I wonder if there's a way to fight the FDA to revise their definition of "natural flavor"?

    • Every Last Morsel

      Due to large quantity of substances from which "natural flavor" is derived -- here's hoping that the vague term gets abolished altogether and the source of the flavor is listed among all the other ingredients.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Agreed. What do you think can encourage them to drop it all
        together? Would a petition even work?