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So I'm halfway through a box of Gardenburger's flame grilled chik'n patties, and I go to heat one up for lunch yesterday, when it occurs to me for the first time to look at the ingredients list. I naturally assumed they'd be either vegetarian or vegan. Well, halfway through the list I saw "natural flavors" without any further explanation, and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. There's no "vegetarian" or "vegan" mentioned anywhere on the box. I finally went to the Gardenburger website and found the product page. Here's what it says:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Soy Protein Concentrate-Hydrated, Wheat Gluten-Hydrated. Contains less than 2% of the following: Canola Oil, Cider Vinegar, Salt, Isolated Soy Protein, Vegetable Gum, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, <b>Natural Flavors</b>, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Sauteed Vegetables and Herbs, Brown Sugar, Sugar.<br><br><br><br>
This product contains corn, sesame, soy and wheat.<br><br><br><br>
THIS PRODUCT IS VEGAN</div>
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Well, if the patties are vegan, then what would the "natural flavors" be? Should I email Gardenburger to find out, or just relax and assume they'd be vegan?<br><br><br><br>
I probably won't buy these again as I didn't exactly adore them, but shouldn't they be more specific on the box as to what they mean by "natural flavors"?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>FalafelsRule</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
They used to have the word vegan on the box (or vegetarian if it was vegetarian).</div>
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Maybe they were worried about scaring away potentional customers who weren't looking to go veg but simply wanted to reduce the fat, etc. in their diets.
 

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Natural flavors are just that - Natural Flavors. They are not necessarily from a plant source. In this case, if the product is vegan than the flavors should be as well. Contact the burger company for info on their product.<br><br><br><br>
A natural flavor just means that it is derived from a natural source. Could be fruit, could be vegie, could be CHICKEN!!<br><br><br><br>
But, it aint artificial. Otherwise, the packaging would have to say "artificial flavors". And one more interesting tidbit - a natural flavor does <i>not</i> automatically mean it was processed or extacted in a natural way. Just means the SOURCE is natural. All kinds of things are used in processing - often, unless a company asks how and/or what was used , such as solvents, in the processing of their "natural flavor" even they don't know.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:">
 

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A natural flavor is that is derived from a plant or animal whereas an artificial flavor is that does not come from a plant or animal source.Artificial flavors are chemical mixtures made with non-natural ingredients in a lab. In the case of artificial flavors, chemists can make anything taste like an orange without any actual oranges. That is actually a horrible thing in the case of health. Detailed information on Natural ingredients is on kancor.com. This is the same case with Natural color also.
 
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