Yum, that tasted good! But did that product you just ate contain real flavorings or something dreamed up in a laboratory?
Increasingly, we consumers are being fed all manner of foods and flavoring that can't in any way be described as natural. But how do you know?
Well, the label should tell you -- but not the brightly colored large-type words on the front. Instead turn to the label and look at the ingredients. The front may say "natural flavoring" but that doesn't necessarily mean the flavors you think you can taste. For instance, if you're eating a pancake syrup, does the ingredient list include "maple syrup"? And if it looks and tastes like chocolate but the ingredients don’t include the word "cocoa", then it's not chocolate.
That doesn’t mean that artificial flavoring is bad for you. That depends on exactly what it is. But it's your right to know -- so make the time to check out the real ingredients.
Kelly Dolphin is a personal insurance specialist at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors in Pittston, PA.