Do you think flavors in fish and butter oils are okay? Why or why not?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I wanted to buy Green Pasture products but these ingredients seemed potentially worrisome:

Butter/Cod Liver Oil Blends: chocolate, cinnamon, natural flavor

Butter Oils: raspberry, natural, and pecan flavors

Fermented Cod Liver Oils: mint, cinnamon, natural, and orange flavors

Emulsified Fermented Cod Liver Oils: peppermint, licorice, and ginger flavors.

I know a lot of fish oils like Carlson and Nordic Naturals have lemon, orange, or mint flavors added and I hope that's okay. Even on Robb Wolf's podcasts he thinks it's fine. I can only take the flavored fish/cod oils, otherwise I'd gag.

I think the lemon is from actual lemons - unless it's from a lab? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Perhaps the flavors are fake, but maybe that's the least of my worries??

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on November 28, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Flavoring is fine. It doesn't even matter artificial vs. natural flavors as they're chemically identical, though natural flavoring will likely have extra components from the original plant source that are deemed unnecessary in the synthetically produced version. According to SA, artificial flavors can actually be safer since you don't get the toxins that plants produce as defense mechanisms.




on November 27, 2011
at 06:51 PM

They are just essential oils. Don't worry! It's more important that your fish oil has a high quality.



on November 28, 2011
at 11:32 AM

I can't take the stuff without the flavoring. I bought some unflavored Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil and could barely keep it down. And my wife complained because the odor distracted from her enjoyment of our meals. I had to go and eat it away from the table.

So I'm back on the flavored stuff. The licorice flavored CLO is really tasty!



on November 27, 2011
at 06:55 PM

For the most part, I think those flavors are to cover the taste. If you can't stand the taste of the raw stuff, or want some variety, go for the flavors.

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