Flavor houses create natural flavors by extracting the necessary flavor components from plants using steam distillation or alcohol extraction. Flavor chemists are able todo so without getting the components that don’t contribute to the flavor.
In contrast, artificial flavors are made by chemists creating a compound in a laboratory. Although they may mimic the flavor produced bya plant, they are not the same.
For instance, “Vanillin”, for example, is a synthetic or artificial flavor created by a chemist as opposed to natural vanilla flavor which is extracted from vanilla beans.
The differencecan be tastedas there are over 200 flavoring constituents in a vanilla bean making it a much more complex flavor than a laboratory could possible mimic producingonly one of its components
All Teeccino flavors are plant-based and comply with all USDA organic standards, which means they do not contain any ingredients prohibited on the National List regulated by the National Organic Standards Board. They also do not contain ingredients that have been extracted using synthetic solvents. This gives the consumer extra protection as ingredients like propylene glycol, a petroleum derived product which can be found in natural flavors, are prohibited in USDA organic (>95% organic) or made-with organic (>75% organic) products.
Teeccino flavors do not contain any constituents from meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, milk, or edible yeast. Additionally, Teeccino does not allow any monosodium glutamate (MSG) or any derivatives of MSG, propylene glycol, or preservatives in its flavors.
Our founder, Caroline MacDougall, has been committed to clean, natural flavors since she first created Teeccino in 1994. Before the National Organic Products ruling was established in 2000, it was hard to find natural flavors that were clean, but Caroline insisted on those clean standards for flavors produced for Teeccino.
Early Teeccino labels used to specify that our flavors didn’t contain propylene glycol. Once the organic rules were in place, our pursuit of clean, natural flavors became much easier. Teeccino worked in those early days with our natural flavor suppliers to create organic flavors extracted by certified organic alcohol which was hard to source. Now Teeccino’s natural flavors are either certified organic or organic compliant following all organic regulations about what is permitted in organic products.
You can rest assured that we are taking your optimal health into consideration every step of the way when creating Teeccino blends for you to enjoy!