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Natural and Artificial Flavors and Fragrances

Flavorings and fragrances are chemically produced additives that mimic the flavor and scent of food products. Flavorings and fragrances are added to many processed foods to replace the flavors and scents that are lost during processing. Common flavor additives include sweeteners, fruit flavorings, and butter and cheese flavorings. Common fragrance additives include vanilla, butter, or smoky fragrances to mimic the smell of grilled meats. All processed foods contain flavor or fragrance additives of some kind. The manner in which processed food is made strips the product of some or all of its natural taste and fragrance. The addition of flavor and fragrance inputs gives the food back what it lost during processing.

Both flavorings and fragrances can be naturally or artificially derived. The main difference between ...

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