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Food Additives Called -

Natural Flavors;

Definition of

(Note: The following information about natural food additives is provided on this website as a public service.)

Title 21, Section 101, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines natural flavorings & flavors as follows:

The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.

Under current regulations, food manufacturers can obscure a variety of products including derivatives of meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, and nuts under the guise of "natural flavoring."

"Natural" does not mean it is not a harmful food additive. "Natural" only means that the natural flavor ingredient originated from a natural source. For example, "natural" can mean a type of food additive such as MSG which has been found to be a dangerous food additive ingredient for many of the people who consume this so-called natural additive.

For more information about MSG, a common food additive and one of many on the food additive list, please see Hidden Sources of MSG.

To learn how food flavor additives are developed please see the excellent article on food additive processing, Flavor Development, by Ann Przybyla Wilkes at

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