Natural flavors are a type of flavoring that is derived from natural sources such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Unlike artificial flavors, which are created in a laboratory, natural flavors are made by extracting, distilling, or otherwise manipulating the essential oils, oleoresins, or extracts of foods. They are used in a wide variety of food and beverage products, including cereal, ice cream, candy, and baked goods.
One of the major benefits of natural flavors is that they are free from synthetic chemicals, which are commonly found in artificial flavors. These synthetic chemicals can be harmful to human health and have been linked to a number of health problems, such as cancer, allergies, and neurological disorders. Natural flavors are also free from petroleum-based fragrances, which are often used in artificial flavors.
Natural flavors are also preferred by many consumers as they tend to be perceived as more authentic and natural than artificial flavors
However, there have been several studies that have investigated the potential benefits of natural flavors in food and beverage products.
A study published in the "Journal of Food Science and Technology" found that natural flavors can provide a more complex and nuanced flavor profile than artificial flavors.
A study published in the "Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry" found that natural flavors can have higher antioxidant activity than artificial flavors.
A study published in the "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture" found that natural flavors can have a positive impact on the shelf life of food and beverage products by slowing down the oxidation process.
A study published in the "International Journal of Food Science and Technology" found that natural flavors have a better consumer acceptance than artificial flavors.
It is important to note that these studies were conducted specifically on natural flavors and the benefits they provide in food and beverage products, and not on their comparison to petroleum-based fragrances.