What are natural flavours? - by Organika Health
*Article courtesy of Organika Health*
Exploring the true meaning of ‘natural flavours’ in the ingredient list... What does it mean?
You have seen "natural flavours" listed as an ingredient in health products and pondered what that means. You may have considered it an umbrella term for flavours, you may have heard things (good or bad), or you may have wondered if it's natural at all.
Well, rest assured, it is a true ingredient, and we do not want you to be wondering any longer.
WHAT ARE NATURAL FLAVOURS?
Natural flavours are aromatic and flavorful compounds that are derived from natural sources.
Yes, actual natural sources.
It is called natural because the components are extracted from ingredients that exist in nature.
The composition of a natural flavour is usually proprietary as it is formulated with several ingredients and can differ from product to product. It does not mean just one extract or coming from just one item. It is a specific combination of extracts that come together to give off a desired aroma and taste.
For example, a ‘natural’ strawberry flavor is not necessarily going to include strawberry but a combination of compounds that deliver the same sensation.
HOW DO WE USE NATURAL FLAVOURS AT ORGANIKA?
At Organika, we use natural flavours, as needed, to improve the taste of a product or enhance the experience for consumers. Some examples of natural flavours include fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, plant material (bark, bud, root, leaf), herbs, etc.
Please note: “Natural flavours” are very different from “artificial flavours.” An artificial flavour is derived from chemical reactions, so there is an alteration of the components to get a desired taste.
All Organika products are non-gmo, do not use artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives. You can rest assured that you are not consuming harmful additives in your Organika products. We are your natural solution for all things living healthily.
ARE THERE ALLERGENS IN NATURAL FLAVOURS?
When manufacturing or creating one of our wellness products, there is thorough testing done through third party to check for all allergens and ingredients.
Some common allergens include the following: milk, eggs, fish/shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and sesame seeds.
If a product contains any allergens in any of the ingredients (which includes natural flavours), we will include it in the allergen/caution information on the label of the product.
Please note: If you have other allergies or food sensitivities beyond the common list of allergies (as listed by Health Canada), it is best to take caution and research it further before consuming.
Now that you know a bit more about natural flavours, and that they do indeed come from actual naturally occurring compounds, we hope you can enjoy your wellness products with a bit more assurance.