Every day, Corrigan consumes about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of artifically flavored strawberry syrup.
This was the “magic trick” that someone suggested to help him drink his medicated formula.
The formula that, when unflavored, tastes like wet cardboard dipped in poison.
Works like a charm, the “strawberry” syrup…but Mark hates the idea of the red food coloring that he is consuming daily.
(Corrigan’s 6th strawberry this evening..the white shirt perhaps not the best idea of the day)
Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration does not require the flavor industry , the companies that carefully manufacture flavor additives, to disclose the ingredients that are in their product as long as the chemicals used are “Generally Regarded to be Safe” ?
There are often more ingredients in the artifical flavoring than in the processed food that it is made for.
Because Corrigan is fond of everything “strawberry flavored” (but especially with the real deal…fat and juicy Driscoll strawberries) it behooves me to know what I am putting in his body. Aside from the Red-40 (an artifical color).
Try reciting this ingredient list and see if you are not orally exhausted by the end.
here we go…
Artificial Strawberry Flavor:
amyl butyrate, amyl acetate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate,cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyprenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, metyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphtyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.
(Schlosser, Erica. Fast Food Nation; The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, page 126, Houghten Mifflin Company)
I think that I just broke my fingers typing all of that.
ethyl methylphenylglycidate – sounds delicious doesn’t it?
All of those ingredients and they only have to print “artifical flavoring” on the packaging.
Add Ethyl-2-methyl butyrate and it smells like apple
Add methyl 2-peridylketone and it’ll taste like popcorn
Add ethyl-3-hydroxybutanoate and it will taste like a marshamallow
Add 3-methyl butanoic acid and it will taste like armpits (I don’t wanna know how they know that)
add hexanal and it will taste like freshly cut grass.
Whether it is Artificial Strawberry Flavor or Red 40 (6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid) I think that both Corrigan and I prefer the real thing. I wonder if I can make my own strawberry syrup?
I know that it is only March, but I am very much looking forward to some hot summer strawberry picking at Higsons Farm this year.
Though I think we won’t wear brand new white shirts when we go!