Artificial Flavor

Flavors + Colors

Potentially Harmful
Chemical mixtures created to mimic naturally occurring flavors
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Health Impact
Artificial flavors can be made with over hundreds of chemicals, none of which are required to be disclosed on the product label, so it can be very hard to determine what harmful ingredients lie within them. Artificial flavors have been shown to reduce red blood cell production in animal testing, and certain flavors were shown to have a toxic effect on bone marrow cells. These flavors are also created to be addictive, leading consumers to eat more without feeling full.
Toxicity of synthetic flavorings, nature identical and artificial, to hematopoietic tissue cells of rodents
Assessment of Grape, Plum and Orange Synthetic Food Flavourings Using in vivo Acute Toxicity Tests
The GRAS provision - The FEMA GRAS program and the safety and regulation of flavors in the United States
We are what we eat: Regulatory gaps in the United States that put our health at risk
Food-Induced Anaphylaxis: Role of Hidden Allergens and Cofactors
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