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The Difference Between Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavors

On the labels of different products, you may see the phrases “artificial flavors” or “natural flavors.” Right away, we most likely jump to the conclusion that the flavoring for that product was either made by humans or came from the natural world around us. Easy, real flavoring versus not-so-real flavoring. But when you think about it, what is the difference between natural flavoring and artificial flavoring and where exactly is that flavor derived from? Did you know that Simply Delish Desserts are produced with natural flavors? You may be wondering which natural flavors are used in the desserts. In this blog, we will provide you with a better understanding of the difference between natural flavors and artificial flavors.

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What are artificial flavors?

When you think of the word artificial, you’re most likely thinking fake or not real. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, the word artificial means, “lacking in natural or spontaneous quality. Imitation.” Quite frankly, artificial flavors genuinely mean the same thing. Artificial flavors are man-made flavors that imitate their respected natural flavor. Often, manufacturers used artificial flavors in place of natural flavors to help lower the cost of goods. For example, it’s a cost-efficient method to make something taste like vanilla flavoring without using a natural ingredient like seeds of a vanilla bean. 

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What are natural flavors?

Unlike artificial flavors, natural flavors come from natural ingredients from the Earth. According to the Food and Drug Administration, natural flavors, “are the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants.”  What the FDA means is that all-natural flavors come from plants, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Technically, both natural and artificial flavors are made in a lab, however, artificial flavors contain synthetic materials which enhance the product’s taste or smell. Similarly, Simply Delish Desserts use all-natural ingredients, which includes flavoring. 

What is the difference between artificial flavors and natural flavors?

The difference between artificial flavors and natural flavors comes down to where the flavor chemicals come from. As previously said, natural flavor chemicals come from plant or animal material while artificial flavors come from laboratories. 

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What natural flavors are in Simply Delish?

In each box of Simply Delish Instant Puddings and Jel Desserts, you’ll find all-natural ingredients which include natural flavoring. For example, when you dive into a big bowl of our Instant Chocolate Pudding, you’re diving into a bowl of natural cocoa-flavored chocolate. Same as our Strawberry Jel flavor, we use natural strawberries to flavor the jel and keep the artificial stuff out of it. If you have any additional questions about any of the natural flavors or where they are derived from, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Looking for additional information on our ingredients? Click the links below and see which all-natural ingredients we use in our desserts!

Simply Delish >> What are the 8 Ingredients in Simply Delish Desserts?

Simply Delish >> FAQ page

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