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Beaver-Based Alternative to Vanilla

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  • Anal secretions from beavers, called castoreum, smell like vanilla and are used to flavor baked goods, pudding, chewing gum and more
  • Castoreum falls under the category of a natural flavor, so you won’t see it listed specifically on a food label
  • Many natural flavors are created in a laboratory and bear little resemblance to the natural product from which they came; the resulting chemical may even be identical to those created synthetically to make artificial flavors
  • Remember that both artificial and natural flavors are trying to simulate the flavors that nature readily provides when you eat fresh, whole foods

By Dr. Mercola

You probably know you're better off avoiding artificial flavorings in your foods. But what about natural flavors? Aren't they… natural?

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