ingredient information
Vanillin is the organic compound that does occur naturally on the outside of the vanilla bean, which gives the distinct flavor and aroma of vanilla. However, when listed in ingredients of food, and sometimes followed by, " An Artificial Ingredient,"  it is usually referring to the chemically synthesized vanillin. If it is natural, it is called vanilla. Although the chemical structure of synthetically produced vanillin and naturally occurring vanillin are identical, it is a cheap alternative to the real thing. Today, vanillin ( chemically modified ethylvanillin) can be made from paper and wood pulp by products, but most is made from guaiacol, a petrochemical precursor. ~German Federal Office of Public Health: