Natural Flavors – Organic Natural Flavors

Questionable Keto Ingredient

What are Natural Flavors?

Natural flavors are derived from plants or animals. To be clear, “natural flavor” doesn’t usually refer to a single ingredient. Instead, it’s more like a cocktail — and what’s in this cocktail is largely up to the food manufacturer.

Keto Status?



Many companies use synthetic solvents and preservatives in their flavor cocktails. The FDA is fairly lenient on this point, allowing an army of strange chemicals to lurk, unlisted, on the ingredient label. The health effects of these synthetic solvents and preservatives aren’t well understood. Also, flavor extracts derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can also be listed as “natural flavors” on the label.

Possible Side Effect From Ingesting Natural Flavors?

It’s impossible to say, as we don’t know what is in the flavor cocktail. Better guidelines are needed from the FDA.

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I Heart Keto Mart Rating Guide

I Heart Keto Mart rates all ingredients through a “keto diet” & “low carb diet” lens. As an example, peas would be rated as “Acceptable” on a non-keto healthy diet; however, due to their carbohydrate level, we rate them “Objectionable”. We also rate all sweeteners that typically cause a rise in blood sugar and insulin levels as “Objectionable”. If you prefer a natural sweetener, like honey, over a sugar alcohol like erythritol, you may not agree with our “Objectionable” rating. I Heart Keto Mart rates all ingredients based first and foremost for those that have a sugar/carbohydrate addiction. Ingredients are rated for those who must moderate if not completely abstain from any sugars. If you have questions about this, please refer to this article: Why Some Whole Foods Are Not Keto Friendly


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