Natural Flavors 101
Castoreum (or beaver butt) is just one of the ingredients that could be called a “natural flavor.” But there are many other things called “natural flavors” that could be lurking in your food. We’ll never know what they are because the food companies won’t tell us as they consider this information proprietary.
According to the FDA, natural flavors can include:
“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” (21CFR101.22).
Read the rest of the article here : http://foodbabe.com/2013/09/09/food-babe-tv-do-you-eat-beaver-butt/
Watch the first episode of Food Babe about castoreum (from the beaver’s anal gland) as a natural flavor food additive :