That's the assumption
I always make because I don't have time to run down the exact contents
of "natural flavors," a term that could mean almost anything.
A good general rule is: "if man made it, don't eat it."
The foods that have labels invariably have lower nutrient values
than the fresh vegetables and fruit available in the produce section,
anyway. It's better to develop a taste for those healthy foods than
to spend time wondering about the contents of processed foods that
were made for profit rather than for your health.
Here's a good
quote from http://www.vegsource.com/articles/natural.flavors.htm
in Those Natural Flavors Anyway...?
By Dar Veverka
The exact definition
of natural flavorings & flavors from Title 21, Section 101,
part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:
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."
In other words,
natural flavors can be pretty much anything approved for use in
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