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Did cave men have natural flavors?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 3:14 AM

I'm weening myself off diet soda by drinking a lot of the Poland Spring sparkling water that has "mandarin orange essence.". No calories, carbs, sodium, etc. the ingredients are: spring water, natural flavors, CO2.

My questions are: 1. Is this an okay drink? 2. What are natural flavors?

I tend to think that if the flavors were natural (e.g. Came from mandarin oranges) they would say so. But it says natural... Sooooo... Unsure...

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on April 26, 2014
at 12:09 PM

Stevia leaves or sugar cane is more natural than spelenda but often apple is used to sweeten!!

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on April 24, 2014
at 09:41 PM

No, they usually say Vanilla Extract when it's the real stuff - it's sort of like a badge of honor; the fake stuff is "flavor" - and it could also come from a beaver's butt glands (as could natural raspberry or strawberry flavor)

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

You could always just chuck some orange slices into plain sparkling water, or even uncarbonated water. It probably won't be quite as potent or synthetic-tasting (those flavored waters always taste "off" to me), but you'll know exactly what's in it. I do this with cucumbers a lot, in still water.

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on February 22, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Seltzer with a squirt of lemon or lime juice works for me.

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:53 AM

You're right. Mandarin orange juice would be juice from the pulp of the orange. Mandarin orange oil would be oil from the rind of the orange. Mandarin orange "essence" is (per your listed ingredients) a "natural flavor", which is (per US Federal Regulation 21CFR101.22.3) 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.

It's probably orange oil. It probably won't kill you. That being said, cavemen didn't need federal regulations to define flavor.

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on April 25, 2014
at 01:57 PM

“Mandarin orange” many of other defines it as:

1. Food that is Natural Fat free.

2. Food that is Naturally Cholesterol Free.

3. Food which has Naturally Very Low Sodium.

But when it comes to flavor it requires some processing so it is not natural completely.

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on April 24, 2014
at 06:42 PM

I replaced all sugary drinks with herbal teas, and find now that these taste really sweet to me, while if I try a sugary drink now it makes me feel sick, as it's just too sweet and sickly.

I find the red berry flavoured teas are really nice, and after about a week drinking herbal tea I won't ever go back to sugary drinks. Your palate changes and becomes more sensitive to natural flavours quite quickly I found. At least mine has.

I even put them into cold water if I'm out walking for the day - just pop a herbal teabag into a bottle of ordinary water. It's quite drinkable.

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on April 24, 2014
at 03:44 PM

Mandarin oranges unlike it's parent orange ( bitter) is sweet. If Poland Springs is claiming that the water is natural. They are using some sort of chemistry to separate the sweetness from drink, and that's not natural, or like the other guy said they are using an essential oil( something humans were not designed to eat) to add flavor. either way. It's not natural. I suggest trying out their lemon or lime flavor. You know there isn't any behind the scenes chemistry going on there because lemons and limes are naturally bitter/sour. Add a little bit of Splenda ( denatured) sugar, and call it a day!

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on April 26, 2014
at 12:09 PM

Stevia leaves or sugar cane is more natural than spelenda but often apple is used to sweeten!!

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on February 22, 2012
at 07:37 AM

The line between "natural" and "artificial" flavors is a fine and oddly defined line. For example "natural vanilla flavoring" may come from vanilla beans, or it may come from wood. No way for us normal people to know.

I'd lean toward the suggestion of chucking some fruit in the water, but if this is what you need to not drink diet soda, you're worlds better off with a little "natural flavoring" than all the junk in a diet soda.

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on April 24, 2014
at 09:41 PM

No, they usually say Vanilla Extract when it's the real stuff - it's sort of like a badge of honor; the fake stuff is "flavor" - and it could also come from a beaver's butt glands (as could natural raspberry or strawberry flavor)

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