|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:37 pm: || |
I had a bad reaction to some OJ. I drank half the glass and then remembered to check the bottle. It was Simply Orange and it listed "natural flavors."
Read this blog entry about how this company answers what "natural flavoring" is?
It seems no one really knows. But, I did find this. So, basically it could be anything.
The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “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” (21CFR101.22).
Read more here http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/4676616/ns/today-foodwine/
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 9:47 am: || |
"...basically it could be anything..." yup, i also think that about sums it up
ive had very bad reactions to these synthetic flavors that seem 'natural' in name only. so have my kids and mother. we are all chemically sensitive as it is- i guess that sort of makes us canaries in the coal mine in a way, heh.
i commented in another thread that the "natural lemon flavor" burnt my mouth & made my tongue peel (as opposed to ORGANIC lemon oil or extract used as flavoring, which i have no problems with), and whatever is being used to flavor coffees & coffee creamers (almond, amaretto, hazelnut, caramel, etc) has something in it that gives me very bad palpitations
my advice: AVOID IT ALL LIKE THE PLAGUE. its just poison in a pretty disguise.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:07 pm: || |
There is only one product that I buy that lists "natural flavors" on the label and that's because I wrote the company and they were upfront enough to tell me what it is. It's Reed's Premium Ginger Brew and the "natural flavors" is actually the tiny pieces of real ginger that make it into the bottles. I suggested to them that they not use the "natural flavors" on the label and instead disclose the ginger pieces because many sensitive individuals will automatically avoid their product because natural flavors is listed on the label. Hopefully they will take it to heart.
One other thing you should watch out for in commercial OJ....yellow food dye. It seems that the oranges themselves are sprayed routinely with yellow dye and some of them make it to the juicer....You'll never see that listed on the label.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 1:44 pm: || |
great suggestion to Reeds about their labelling, kristy... i would have never thought to put it like that. i too hope they make that change!!
Reeds is the ONLY bottled soda my mom & i have found that we can occasionally savor just a bit of... on special occasions, we might mix a few ounces into a glass of plain soda water and can usually get away with only a little stomach distress (from the bubbles maybe?)
but i dont know of any others that are worth the pain & discomfort i inevitably experience from even sampling!
on hot summer days, i do sometimes like a nice glass of homemade lemon or limeade poured over fizzy & rocks