You may be surprised to learn where some of the flavorings found in many foods and beverages actually come from. The name on a label does not always mean that’s what is in the product.
If a label says maple it might be artificial, or it could come from maple tree sap or bark. The foods just have to contain some maple flavoring from somewhere. If the food tastes right a lot of people are not concerned about artificial flavoring.
Look on the ingredients list on the product to see what is actually in the food. Some products will say if it contains real or artificial like 100% maple syrup or 100%grapefruit juice. Butter products are different like butter cookies, have to be made with 100 percent butter. If they are made with shortening they also have to be labeled as butter-flavored.
- The flavorings found in many foods and beverages may come from surprising sources
- The only way people can know if they are tasting the real thing is to check the labels and ingredient lists on the foods they buy
- FDA’s job is to make sure consumers know what they’re getting
“The flavorings found in many foods and beverages may come from surprising sources. But, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said you can find out what’s really in your foods by checking the ingredients list on product labels.”