Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Artificial Flavor

If you are a label reader than you already know that artificial flavor is added to many of the foods and drinks that we purchase. The process of using artificial flavor can save manufacturers a great deal of money. That means they end up with more profits in their pockets. For example that strawberry candy you are sucking on may smell and taste like real strawberries but there aren’t any of them included in the recipe for it.

Our brain already is programmed to accept certain types of smells and associate them with that flavor. A great deal of time and effort goes into the research and development process for most artificial flavors. This way they will be extremely similar to the real thing. In fact, most of them do such a good job that unless you have read the label you won’t even be thinking about that flavor you are enjoying being artificial.

There are literally thousands of different versions of artificial flavors out there on the market today. For example think about those Jelly Belly jelly beans. There are hundreds of flavors you can choose from. Each one tastes like a different flavor. In order to help the candy look the way it is going to taste artificial colors are often a part of the mix as well.

You can find bottles of artificial flavors available at many different retailers. If you want to add cinnamon or vanilla to something you are baking you can get artificial flavor in a liquid that you simply add to the mix. You will also find that the amount you add or even the heating temperature can alter the overall taste of such artificial flavors. Therefore you may need to experiment with them before you find the right combination for you.

Artificial flavor is very safe for people to consume and very common place in our society. If you are against it you will have a very hard time to eat and drink items that don’t contain it. A small number of people have a allergic reaction to certain types of artificial flavor so you need to be aware of that as well. This can be an issue with small children so pay attention to what they eat or drink when it occurs. They may not be allergic to that item but to the artificial flavor contained in it.