So, Have You Guessed Yet?
A few years ago, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver kicked up a foodie firestorm when he told the audience at the Late Show with David Letterman that vanilla ice cream contains flavoring from a beaver's ... um, derriere. "Beaver anal gland — yes," Oliver shouted bluntly, as the crowd booed and hissed. "Oh, come on! You're telling me you don't like a little beaver? ... It's in cheap sorts of strawberry syrups and vanilla ice cream."
Beaver food flavoring doesn't actually come from the animal's anal gland but from another organ next to it, called the castor sac. And the technical term for the beaver extract is "castoreum." Hence the bolded ingredient from the above list.
The Food and Drug Administration regards the beaver extract as a safe, natural flavoring.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I for one would like to at least know there would be a trace of the actual “Flavor” that I am trying to consume, in the ingredient list! That’s crazy, 50+ ingredients listed, and not one says strawberry.
And to just put this in perspective, seeing this listed on a food label, this would simply read as, made with: “Strawberry Flavored”, “Natural Strawberry Flavoring”, “Strawberry Flavors”. That is why it is so important to know how to read into what the labels really mean, on the food we consume.
There are many things that the FDA has deemed safe for consumption, especially when dealing with food additives, preservatives, colorings, flavorings, and artificial sweeteners. Do your research, know the facts! Get educated, and be your own advocate for healthy eating!
Janice Robinson, CCHC