Whey protein ingredients label mentions it contain natural and artificial flavors

Question: Whey protein ingredients label mentions it contain natural and artificial flavors. Is it better to consume whey protein (with such flavored ingredients) pre/ post workout when we are trying to reduce fat in the body?


 
Answer:  Whey protein companies address mass volumes of audience to convince them with different flavors and enjoyable tastes to please them and boost sales. You also get unflavored raw whey but you really may not enjoy it.

It is really best to avoid products with added flavoring, either natural or artificial. How should our food be flavored? The answer is simple: food should just be itself. Don't add flavors to foods; make the food in a way that protects its flavor. If we want to create a raspberry or strawberry flavor, we should use raspberries or strawberries. If we want something to taste like meat, we should put real meat into it.





Natural and artificial flavors are produced in the same factories these days. Both are considered safe, but artificial and natural flavors alike can be dangerous depending on what they are. Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum. They may affect RNA, thyroid, and enzymes. Most have not been studied for safety or toxicity. They are all synthesized chemicals that don't even have common names. Most artificial flavors actually contain many chemical ingredients, not just one. Many of those chemicals are volatile. Natural flavors are chemicals, too, though. Many times, the ingredients will simply say "artificial flavors" without mentioning which ones. Most of them don't have common names anyway.

Vanillan, artificial vanilla, can cause allergic reactions. It can limit the liver enzyme dopamine sulphotransferase by 50%. Its sources are the waste product of paper mills and petroleum. It can be very difficult to know which is better: artificial or natural.

Amyl acetate is pear and banana oil. Many artificial flavors are made using amyl acetate. It may cause nervous system depression, indigestion, chest pain, headaches, fatigue, and irritate the mucus membranes. A close relative, amyl alcohol, is known to be toxic. Benzyl acetate is also related to this chemical and may cause gastrointestinal, bronchial, skin, and eye irritation.

Borneol is an artificial flavoring that may cause gastrointestional irritation, seizures, confusion, and dizziness. Butryic acid has caused cancer in lab animals. Butyl acetate, a related chemical, can be toxic in high quantities. Carvacrol is an artificial flavoring that can lead to respiratory and circulatory depression as well as cardiac failure. Cinnamyl formate or formic acid, which is artificial cinnamon, has caused cancer in mice and may affect our kidneys.
I could go on, but it is really pointless man.
These chemicals, as I mentioned before, are rarely listed in ingredients. The words "artificial flavorings" or "natural flavorings" are used instead. You don't know if one or a hundred were used in the product--and you certainly don't know which ones. Some of these chemicals are artificial, and many are considered natural--but are still harmful.

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