Natural Flavor

What is Natural Flavor?

Food labels that display Natural Flavor, Natural Flavors or natural flavoring in any combination refers to the bottom explanation by the FDA. (This may be different in other countries.)

According to the US Code of Federal Regulations, a natural flavor or flavoring is:

...the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. [1]