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Nothing Natural About "Natural Flavor"

October 29, 2012


(left, "natural flavor with other natural flavors?")

"Natural" can mean they used a secretion from a Beaver's anal gland to construct the flavor...

by David Richards


For health conscious people, the modern supermarket is a minefield.
Food labels contain misleading language which trick us into eating toxic food.
A telling example is the food industry's Orwellian definition of 'Natural Flavouring'.
A 'natural' ingredient should be something produced by nature. Say, a natural flavouring in strawberry yoghurt should be made from strawberries. However, the food industry allows synthetic and dangerous chemicals to be defined as natural.
To qualify as 'natural', a flavour must only be derived from something natural. This can be everything from meat to tree bark, flowers to roots. This essence can then be put through all kinds of processes; oxidation, boiling and so forth, that completely alters it.
Eat up!
Here are a few examples of "natural" flavours:
Castoreum - made from a secretion from a Beaver's anal gland. Beaver's use this chemical to mark their territory. This chemical is processed and then used in a variety of products, including ice cream, candy and alcoholic drinks.
L- Cysteine - a common flavour enhancer made from either duck feathers or human hair. Most of the human hair variety is from Chinese women who sell it to factories to support their families.
No sane person would eat food with 'beaver's anal gland secretion' or 'the hair of impoverished Chinese women' listed on the ingredients. So how does the food industry get us to eat this stuff? They simply don't list the nasty ingredients!
The US Food and Drug Administration does not require food companies to disclose the ingredients of their flavour additives so long as the chemicals in them are considered by the agency to be GRAS ("generally recognized as safe.").
The FDA has been forcing cancer-causing GMO corn covertly on the American population for years. Do we trust their definition of 'safe'?
The FDA allows forms of MSG to be labelled as a natural flavour. MSG is proven to cause brain lesions, neurodegenerative disease and obesity.
Natural Flavours are even found in organic foods, because an organic product must only be 95% organic, meaning 5% can be a chemical cocktail.
Our supermarkets shelves are stacked with dead food.
Most food rots quickly, so companies have to find ways to preserve it. These include: boiling, freezing, mineral removal, pressurizing, dehydration and so forth. All these processes leech the taste out of food. So food companies add chemicals back in to make it taste real.
In his book Fast Food Nation, Eric Scholsser describes his visit to the IFF factory, the world's largest flavour company. The building contained dozens of laboratories, with men in white coats concocting every flavour imaginable.
IFF also manufactures perfume, deodorant, dishwashing detergent, shampoo, furniture polish and floor wax. The science involved in creating these products and food flavours is the same: the manipulation of volatile chemicals.
As Scholesser puts it, 'The basic science behind the scent of your shaving cream is the same as that governing the flavor of your TV dinner.'
For the most part we don't eat real food. We eat food simulacrums, low in nutrients and full of chemicals.
Is it any wonder so many people are sick?
Processed food is proven to cause cancer, depression and autoimmune diseases.
The food industry is monopolized by a few companies.
Bruce Bradley spent 15 years as a food marketer at big guns General Mills and Nabisco. The horrors of what he saw led him to quit his job and become an activist warning against the dangers of processed foods.
The trend he witnessed was clear: 'In response to Wall Street profit pressures and the growing power of retailers like Walmart, the food industry has undergone a tremendous wave of consolidation and cost cutting.'
A select group of multi-national food companies wield tremendous lobbying power. They have a pathological drive for profit and a total disregard for our health. They pay off government regulators, who allow them to poison us.
'As consumers' health concerns have increased, processed food manufacturers have become even more aggressive in making dubious health claims.'
Bradley explains that while processed food sells cheaply in stores, the overall price to society is very high.
'Over the long-term, you always get what you pay for. Cheap food is very expensive once you add up the true costs -- like the taxes you pay to subsidize Big Food companies, health consequences like obesity or diabetes, the devastating harm to our environment, and the inhumane treatment of animals raised within the industrialized food system.'
Clearly, we need to boycott the big food corporations.
To get us to eat their toxic products, the food industry has turned food labels into a foreign language.
Who gave them the right to re-define the word natural? How dare they CORRUPT the English language.
Almost every food product on the shelves contains artificial chemicals, many of which are known to cause disease.
When mega food corporations are in bed with government regulators, the result is legalized murder.


Castoreum -


L-Cysteine - hair of Chinese women


FDA promote GMOs


MSG is a natural flavour -


Organic foods can contain toxic additives -


Processed food is dead -


Processed food causes:

 1. Cancer

 2. Depression -



Bruce Bradley -

Related -- Food Industry Opposes Labelling of Genetically Modified Foods


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Comments for "Nothing Natural About "Natural Flavor""

Rick said (October 30, 2012):

My wife said to me once that the only REAL food you will find in a grocery is on the perimeter of the supermarket.

That is to say , most markets I have been in the US and Western Europe have the produce, meat, dairy, and seafood etc, which generally wrap around the aisles….which contain the majority of the boxed, canned , bagged processed food.

Regarding Barcodes and GMO.

If the barcode starts with an 8 it means your fruit or vegetable is GMO.
9 = organic
other number (4, 5) = neither.

There is an article that explains barcodes here :

Mary said (October 30, 2012):

Great article David!

Their "RIGHT" is insured by the FDA whose food czar is the former a former attorney and later VP for Monsanto!

"When FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on what was to become the most radical and potentially dangerous change in our food supply -- the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods -- secret documents now reveal that the experts were very concerned. Memo after memo described toxins, new diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and hard-to-detect allergens. They were adamant that the technology carried "serious health hazards," and required careful, long-term research, including human studies, before any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could be safely released into the food supply.But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy and he wasn't going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie."

Kristine said (October 30, 2012):

your writer forgot the most heinous "natural ingredient flavor" of all:

(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration has given its blessing to PepsiCo to continue utilizing the services of a company that produces flavor chemicals for the beverage giant using aborted human fetal tissue.

Learn more:

… and you know who owns Pepsi - that´s right: the Mormon Church. This is why the do not "allow" their sheep to drink Pepsi or Coke./035276_Pepsi_fetal_cells_business_operations.html#ixzz2Alru8TgB

JCLM said (October 29, 2012):

Very important article... Here is a link to a documentary for the evils of GMO foods... If you can watch this documentary and still feed your children the crap sold in super markets then you prove the survival of the fittest mind set... Your children will die faster than those who take heed to the evils of the "crap foods" being sold to us.

Genetic Roulette MovieGenetic Roulette | The Gamble of Our Lives

Here is a four part series of GMO's

GMO Ticking Time Bomb - Gary Null - Part 1 - YouTube

F said (October 29, 2012):

Everything written here is true. as i have always said, it is all about food at the end of the day...who controls it, and who will grow it.

Take it from someone who operated in the "natural" health industry for years. for example, Health Canada is permitting aspartame products to exist as natural health products. This is no different from the subversion that we read so much about on this website. Health Canada is speeding up the process of corrupt corporate/pharma infiltration. however, they are
being exposed for this, with good resistance from a core of good natural health companies and activists.

so, i have moved outside of the city at a huge least we can have a little land to grow a garden and fill a root cellar for the
remainder of the fall, winter and spring.

it is a darn shame that healthy animal food is in crisis too. being mostly a vegan but having experienced the healing nature of small family farm beef following a big of a crisis, i am sad to see that livestock has been factory game.

Never mind processed food, cattle are being fed processed candies:

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