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Flavors Natural & Artificial
Natural flavors are used to enhance existing flavors present in foods and beverages. They are made from extracts of natural compounds. However, these natural compounds still undergo chemical processing to enhance their flavors. They are therefore partially artificial. Artificial flavors are also used to enhance food and drink flavors. They are made from the synthesis of chemical compounds. Thus, no toxicity can occur. However, studies demonstrated that artificial flavors have the ability to produce adverse reactions such as behavioral disturbances in adulthood and learning disabilities in children. Although experts constantly evaluate the safety of all food flavors before they are used in food products, because it can lead to harmful effects, artificial flavors in food should be avoided.   Sources: 1. Flavor Facts website. Accessed February 17th, 2016. 2. Feingold BF. Hyperkinesis and Learning Disabilities Linked to the Ingestion of Artificial Food Colors and Flavors.1976;  Learn Disabil. 9(9):551-559