As blend of fruity flavors includes notes of

As I open the bright
red box, I am greeted by a very pleasant and irresistible fruity aroma. While
pouring the box into my bowl, ring shaped pieces rapidly fall out and are
colors like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. This blend of fruity
flavors includes notes of lemon, raspberry, orange, cherry, and lime flavors. Along
with their bright colors, these pieces are also covered by a thick, white coat
of sugar.  

            “Froot Loops”
are a heavily sweetened, “fruit” flavored cereal. This fun, rainbow colored
blend of cereal was one of my favorite childhood cereals that colored your bowl
a pretty purplish pink. Despite the name, there is no actual fruit present in
this cereal. At first glance, I saw labels of whole grain, fiber, and vitamins,
but no mention of natural fruit flavoring. As I payed more attention to what
each crispy rainbow-colored piece tasted like, I realized that there is no
actual difference in taste. It turns out that this blend multicolored rings don’t
actually represent any real fruit flavors. Froot loops are all actually the
same flavor. So, if finding out that this cereal didn’t actually have real
fruit wasn’t bad enough, now I have to think about all of the wasted time
effort I spent during my childhood picking out my least favorite flavor.

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            As it states in
Artificial Flavors “At first such
flavors were used to add taste and aroma to a limited range of foods – candies
and beverages, for example – and to provide inexpensive substitutes for certain
spices. No one expected them to completely replace natural flavors.” (Classen
et. al. 338). Often times, we may not pay close enough attention to foods
because of the way they appear, taste, or even cost. The foods we are consuming
are many times made with artificial flavorings and additives that we may not
even be aware of. This lack of awareness is due to the fact that we are just
accepting what we are told, and not looking beyond that to see if it is
actually true. These flavors were only supposed to add to the natural flavors we
are consuming, not replace them completely, something I hadn’t realized until
after eating “Froot Loops”. 


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