I didn’t know the answer to this question until just a couple months ago.
The short answer to the question is yes.
Did you know “natural flavoring” is listed on tens of thousands of products all around the world?
And manufacturers don’t have to list the source of the natural flavoring, colors or dyes? They can just write “natural flavoring” or “natural coloring” in the ingredients list.
Here are two I want to bring to your attention:
Cochineal and Carmine: these orange and red food colorings are made from the bodies of a scaly female insect are used to color applesauce, baked goods, meats and spices. And if that doesn’t gross you out enough, researchers at the University of Michigan found that this insect-derived “natural” color additive can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Source for the below info is from the book Fenaroli’s Handbook of Flavor Ingredients.
Here are some examples of natural flavoring found in products:
Orange Jelly Beans
Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Modified Cornstarch, Orange Puree, Acidity Regulator: E325, E330, Glazing Agents: E901, E903, E904, Natural Flavouring, Vitamin C, Colour: E110
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, orange fruit from concentrate (5%), citric acid, vegetable concentrates (carrot and pumpkin), natural orange flavouring with other natural flavourings, preservative (potassium sorbate), malic acid, acidity regulator (sodium citrate), sweeteners (acesulfame-K, aspartame), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), stabiliser (guar gum). Contains a source of phenylalanine.
Ingredients: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Fat Free Milk, Strawberry Banana Base (Water, Strawberries, Bananas, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Fructose, Citric Acid, Red 40 (petroleum), Sucralose), Modified Corn Starch, Kosher Gelatin.
Ingredients: Isomalt, Butter, Cream, Salt, ArtificialFlavoring, Soy Lecithin Emulsifier, Sweetener Acesulfame-K.
Ingredients: Sugar, wheat flour, palm fat, fat reduced cocoa powder (3%), dextrose, raising agents: monocalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate; whey powder, emulsifiers: propane-1,2-dial esters of fatty acids, mono-diglycerides of fatty acids; modified corn starch, salt, stabiliser: sodium carboxymethylcellulose; colours: paprika extract, carmine; flavouring.
This is just the beginning…there are tons more products that contain natural flavoring, color and dye out there.
I don’t even have the time to list all the products containing carmine and cochineal.
Carmine (or E120) is also found in…
- Tons of make-up products
- Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yogurt and certain brands of juice, the most notable ones being those of the ruby-red variety.
- Although principally an orange or a red dye, these dyes are found in many foods that are shades of orange, yellow, red, pink, and purple.
- Ammonium carmine and cochineal can be found in meat, sausages, processed poultry products (meat products cannot be coloured in the United States unless they are labeled as such), surimi, marinades, alcoholic drinks, bakery products and toppings, cookies,desserts, icings, pie fillings, jams, preserves, gelatin desserts, juice beverages, varieties of cheddar cheese and other dairy products, sauces, and sweets.
The healthy effect of fake dyes…
- As a food dye carmine and cochineal have been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.
- Carmine has been found to cause asthma in some people.
- Those are KNOWN health effects. Who knows how these disgusting substances really play out in our bodies.
Also watch out for these colors…
Crimson lake, cochineal, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, E120, Sunset Yellow FCF, Scarlet GN, tartrazine, and Orange B. Heck, just don’t eat stuff with “natural” or artificial flavorings.
–> They are mostly made from petroleum! Yuck!