By Matt Goss
Before you continue reading this article please consider which one of the following categories you fall into:
1- You go about life eating what you please without caring how it has been processed and what it may contain nutritionally for your health or that could be detrimental to your health.
2- You would like to understand if possible what you place in your mouth and are concerned for your own and your families well-being both today and tomorrow.
If you are in the first category this article may not be for you and if you fall into the second please read on as today we will be talking about Natural Flavours.
So let’s begin with – what is the deal with natural flavours? It seems very weird that foods require natural flavours! Think about it this way, if food is natural shouldn’t it contain its own flavour without adding something extra… Hmmm makes you think a little bit right?
Maybe the real question is, that if a manufacturer is listing an ingredient as a natural flavour, what is it and why is it being hidden under the label “Natural Flavours”? Now to really make things clearer most government bodies will define Natural Flavours as:
“the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolystate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavouring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf of similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
Well that’s as clear as mud!!!! However this particular piece of the statement is interesting – “whose significant function in food is flavouring rather than nutritional.” Does this mean that these Natural Flavours are present to trick our brains that this food tastes really nice?
Just a little more food for thought.
However the above statement means that Natural Flavours can be derived from almost anything that has not been chemically engineered in a laboratory so that’s a tick on the positive side. Tally so far; much confusion and a little good news.
The words “Natural Flavour” are apparently in place to protect many companies “secret” ingredients in their recipes. The bad news, this is occurring in almost all processed foods to give them that seemly irresistible flavour that keeps you coming back for more and ultimately making you unfit, sick, diseased and have various other medical complications.
Furthermore by not understanding or being told what these Natural Flavours are makes it hard if you suffer from food allergens to determine if certain foods are causing your particular reactions. You could suffer from rashes or an upset stomach for example and find it particularly hard to identify the root cause of the problem.
Reading and understanding food labels is a challenge at the best of times, however if a particular ingredient such as “Natural Flavours” makes the task almost impossible as the flavour could be sourced from virtually 1000’s of different plant or animal sources.
A particular Natural Flavour that came under fire in recent years and has had to be disclosed on all packaging is MSG or Monosodium Glutamate that was discovered by a Japanese scientist in 1907. MSG has been found to react unkindly to many people’s health and thus the pressure was finally so immense that this ingredient had to be disclosed.
This doesn’t mean that all Natural Flavours mean you harm, however the point of this article is to explain where some of these Natural Flavours are sourced from and if you knew would you continue to consume certain food items if you knew exactly what Natural Flavour was being added?
Many meal replacement supplements are full of natural flavours and are more than happy to promote their product as the healthy alternative. If it is so great for you why are they using the words Natural Flavour on the label? Here is a little extract form the Isagenix website https://www.isagenixhealth.net/what-are-natural-flavors/ where they open with the following statement:
“Contrary to what some people may think, use of the term “natural flavors” on nutrition labels is not a deceitful tactic by food manufacturers to hide harmful or unappealing flavoring agents.”
Now read into this at this as you please, but to me it seems that they should be open and honest and state exactly what Natural Flavours are being used. They also state that:
“”Natural flavors” is a term used on food labels to reduce confusion.”
Seriously, how silly do they really think we are? Anyways read the article yourself and by the end you will have read a whole heap of big words and well constructed paragraphs designed to dumb you down and stop you from researching things deeper for yourself because they only use Natural Flavours and nothing artificial…
Part 2 of this article coming very soon.
Article source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Matt_Goss/1816015