The art of mixology
What is a natural flavouring?
For the flavouring to be described as natural, it must be 100% derived from natural sources. If reference is also given to the source, (e.g a ‘natural lemon flavouring’), then 95% of the flavouring must be derived from lemons. The remaining 5% must also be natural, but allows manufacturers to bring out different characteristics of the flavouring to suit different products.
How safe are flavourings?
All flavouring substances, natural or man-made, and other flavourings have been through an evaluation process and been authorised as safe by the European Food Standards Agency. Rules exist for the preparation of flavouring preparations, thermal process flavourings, flavour precursors and food ingredients with flavouring properties to ensure their safe use.
What is a flavour enhancer?
A flavour enhancer does not add a flavour of its own, but instead brings out the flavour of food. Salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG; E621) are examples of flavour enhancers. They are not the same as flavourings and appear separately on a label.
Can flavourings contain allergens?
It is possible for certain flavourings to contain allergens, particularly those derived from foods which are common allergens, such as nuts, wheat, mustard, shellfish etc. Where a flavouring does contain an allergen which is required to be labelled, this will be indicated on the label.
This short video sums up pretty much all of the above
Food flavouring and eliquid flavouring whats the difference ?
Food flavourings are often not concentrated enough for e-liquid. They can also include ingredients that are not safe to vape – safe to eat is not the same thing.
Ingredients vaper’s need to avoid when buying or making eliquid.
Diacetyl is a butter flavoring used in some food products like butter, butterscotch, butter flavored popcorn and some alcoholic beverages. It has also found it’s way into the ingredients of some e-liquids. The FDA and the EU regard it as GRAS (Generally recognized as safe) and permit it for consumption though it has come to light it might not be suitable for inhaling.
Diacetyl often comes up in e-cig communities and some vapers like me are against using it as a precaution. Some suppliers too refuse to stock any liquid that contain it, but there are a few that do. Particular caution should be taken when ordering bottles of flavourings to add to e-liquid as these products’ primary purpose is to be added to foodstuffs. It’s only recently that a second market of vapers has been opened up to them and they might not be aware that their flavoring will be inhaled or that this perhaps is dangerous.
While many e-liquid manufacturers have ceased using diacetyl in flavoring their products, you still need to be cautious and show avoid vaping liquids that contain diacetyl.
Acetoin is another ingredient used to make vaping liquids taste buttery or custard-like. It has been used as a substitute to diacetyl in flavoring liquids. Unfortunately, under the right circumstances acetoin can actually turn into diacetyl! Acetoin should certainly be avoided, especially for vapers that use advanced style vaporizers that produce significant amounts of heat.
Acetyl Propionyl(2,3 pentanedione) was the replacement of choice for e-liquid manufacturers after diacetyl was discovered to pose a health risk. This additive also produces a buttery and custard-like flavor in e-liquids. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that this ingredient essentially has the same effects as diacetyl. Acetyl Propionyl should be avoided by vapers.
Currently I use Vapours -R- Us as my main supplier for eliquid flavours which are Diacetyl free.