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What Is It? A Look at Strange-Sounding Ingredients in Your Food (Page 8)

What Are Artificial Flavors?

What Are Artificial Flavors?

Typically Found In: Yogurts, cookies, drinks, salad dressings, crackers, ice cream and candies.
What We Discovered: Chemically, artificial flavors and natural flavors are practically identical, although the ingredients come from different sources. Flavors that come from a plant or animal source are labeled as natural, otherwise they are labeled artificial. For example, benzaldehyde, the flavoring component that gives the distinctive almond taste to foods and other products, can be extracted from the nuts or created in the lab by scientists. Both forms are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

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