What are “natural flavors”? Are they good or bad for you?
These flavors are extracted from plants or animal sources and added to your food in a lab or manufacturing center. They typically add little nutritional value. Natural extracts are often mixed with a variety of chemicals, both natural and synthetic.
While the term natural flavor is defined by the FDA, the word natural is not. Before being added to food, natural flavorings are evaluated for safety. Although considered safe to consume by the FDA, natural flavors are still processed.
It’s best to stick to a diet of unprocessed, whole foods for your health.