“Natural Flavor” on an ingredient list may technically be natural, but not necessarily something you want to be eating. Mercury, aluminum, insect legs, and snake venom are all natural. Take for example something called castoreum. This is a chemical compound secreted from a beaver’s castor sacs, which due to their location on a beaver, usually contain a combination of urine, castor gland secretions, and anal gland secretions. Yes, I said anal gland secretions.
Castoreum is often used for vanilla flavoring, and less often in either strawberry flavoring or raspberry flavoring.
But on an ingredient list, do you think you see “beaver anal secretions” or castoreum? No, it will say Natural Flavor instead.
Fortunately, castoreum is not used very often because it is somewhat difficult obtain. (No big surprise there.) But the point is, natural does not mean healthy.
There are over 1,000 artificially created banana flavorings that are designed to trick our taste buds into think we’re eating a banana. If you drink a strawberry milkshake from a fast food restaurant, you may be drinking as many as 50 different chemicals - none of them with the name berry in it - that are all collectively listed on the ingredient list as “Strawberry Flavor.”
Flavor houses are very secretive about their recipes for a given flavoring. And because there is no law forcing them to list all the ingredients, they simply put things on the label such as “Natural Flavor”.
But Natural doesn’t mean good for you. Or that you want to eat it.
Do you and your family a favor. Keep the boxed, packaged foods to a minimum and eat something whole and real with ingredients you can pronounce. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, your body probably doesn’t recognize it either.
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