Did Ya Know is a new series to introduce you to some interesting facts! Areas to be covered (but not limited to) food, health, exercise crafting, garden and maybe politics (this could be dangerous). Today's Did Ya Know is about Healthier Eating.
Mr. Charmer and I have incorporated healthier eating and lifestyles changes into our diet/life for several years now. To us it's a continuous process.
Since going gluten free I've "learned" how to read labels to make sure gluten in not included and started seeing over and over again under ingredients "natural flavors"!
What are natural flavors? It's sounds like it would be from a "natural" food item, wouldn't you think?
But would you have thought it could be from a beavers anal glands? Well it can be, do you know how they get beaver butt....yes they kill them!
How can this be? The FDA states...
"The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means 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."
This means the food industry can use anything that's found in nature! That covers a pretty big scope we would never think of, like...
Casteoreum: which is extracted from the anus of beaver butt
Shellac: which is extracted from the anus of beaver butt
L-cysteine: an amino acid sourced from human hair and duck feathers
Carmine: comprised of ground red beetles
Bacteriophages: viruses added to lunch meats to prevent other viruses
Other Natural Ingredients: rodent hair, insect feces, bone char and mold
ARE YOU AS SOCKED AS ME!!!!
Mr. Charmer and I are now staying away from labels that lists under "ingredients" Natural Flavorings! We're NOT eating this cute little guy anytime soon!
Do you want to eat beaver butts, red beetles, mold, duck feathers?
I sure hope not!
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