What is flavor? Where does it come from? How do consumers know that the flavors contained in their foods and beverages are safe for consumption? What process does the industry enact to validate consumers’ apprehensions about the safety of flavors?
All About Flavors
We know flavors and flavor ingredients can seem a bit confusing, and consumers are curious how these materials’ safety is evaluated. We’ve compiled a short list of common misconceptions and facts about FEMA and flavor safety. Check them out below.
Myth: Americans must rely solely on the food industry for the safety of flavors in food and beverages
You don’t have to be a flavor chemist to know that some foods go well together and others don’t. A 2015 study, Analysis of Food Pairing in Regional Cuisines of India, looked at why this happens, particularly in India, which is home to many regional cuisines. Food pairing, as described by the study, is the “compatibility of two ingredients in a recipe in terms of their shared flavor compounds.” “We quantify food pairing with the help of flavor profiles of ingredients. Flavor profile represents a set of volatile compounds that render the characteristic taste and smell to the ingredient.”
Food safety continues to be top-of-mind for consumers today more than ever before. Major food and beverage companies are constantly revamping formulas for some of our most popular food and drinks, leaving consumers curious about what exactly is contained in these products.
Some consumers prefer foods containing natural ingredients. Other consumers base their food choices primarily on what their food tastes like regardless of the types of ingredients they contain. And many consumers make their food choices based on which foods give the best value for their cost. What do flavorings have to do with this?
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