Is “Natural” Vanilla Flavoring Really From Beavers’ Anal Glands?
I’ve been very clear that I deem the FDA as illegitimate. Why?
Because if they were doing their job, I wouldn’t have to ask the question I did in the title of this article. Well, now Snopes.om verifies Jamie Oliver’s claim as as accurate; that vanilla and strawberry flavoring is made from castoreum, which is derived from the anal glad of beavers.
Wikipedia confirms this absurd concept:
“In the United States, Castoreum has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive, often referenced simply as a ‘natural flavoring’ in the product’s list of ingredients. It is commonly used in both food and beverages, especially as vanilla and raspberry flavoring.”
Again, we shouldn’t even be having this conversation. We shouldn’t have to guess whether or not our children’s animal crackers really are made from beavers’ anal glands.
It’s reasons like this that I make such a deliberate effort to avoid processed foods as much as possible. But see how tricky it is?
Food companies are able to get away with calling beaver anal glands “natural flavoring” while the FDA gives the thumb up.
Castoreum is just a little too natural for me.
Sorry son, but you’re not old enough to know where vanilla ice cream comes from…
Note: This post was updated on February 16, 2013, after Snopes.com confirmed the truth about vanilla flavoring urban legend:
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