The Truth about Flavors

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Flavor Safety: Myth vs. Fact

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.

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Myth: Americans must rely solely on the food industry for the safety of flavors in food and beverages

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Flavor Pairing

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.”

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The Science Behind Taste

What do we actually know about our tongue’s ability to taste flavor? As we continue to learn more about our ability to taste, researches are able to develop new terms and classifications to describe flavor.

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Lemon Paella dish

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Putting Flavor First

Here’s a challenge: Create a heart healthy, low sodium, low calorie dish that everyone will crave. Ready, Set, Go!
This is the task for chefs in the food industry today, many of whom are looking to meet customers’ health expectations without sacrificing flavor.  In the end, if it doesn't taste good, customers won’t order it.

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Natural vs. Artificial: What are the Differences?

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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FEMA Education

FEMA provides education, training, information and resources necessary to navigate today's dynamic flavor industry. Click below and explore more.

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