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what does "natural identical flavouring" mean?

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...i have those flavouring/essence stuff( eg banana essence, peppermint flavouring" and under ingredients, it is written "natural identical flavouring" . what exactly does that mean. thks !

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  1. It means that the flavor was composed, but identical, to the original. Here's a google search with several explanations.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=natur...

    1. I think that it means the product manufacturer has something to hide. I assume from your spelling of "flavouring" that you live outside the USA.

      Have you been made aware of the orange juice products controversy that is raging here in USA? The producers have been hiding something from us for years about how the juice is processed.

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      1. re: ChiliDude

        Please expand upon the orange juice comment!

        1. re: sandylc

          It seems that most, if not all, producers of orange juice store the juice in large vats after pasteurization for maybe up to a year. Flavor is lost during the storage time. Just before putting the juice in cartons or bottles a substance derived from orange skins is added to the stored juice.

          Check the internet news of recent days to see if I got the story straight. I may have some of the info mixed up.

          http://abcnews.go.com/Health/orange-j...

      2. In the US, it means artificial. "Natural" flavoring isn't regulated and it doesn't mean that it is "natural" i.e. derived from the ingredient in question in the since we would understand.

        1. thanks all!, so now i know, i was wondering what does natural meant here...and yes i'm not is the USA. btw, since they are chemically identical to the the original compounds, do they contain the same calories???..like if it says "butter oil" or "buttermilk essence" or "rum flavour", do these have the same kcals as the real stuff?

          1. This article is a real eye-opener.

            http://raffikhatchadourian.com/givaud...

            I now no longer view the words "natural flavorings" in the same light.