Today with the help of technology man is able to prepare things artificially which are just as good as the natural ones.
Now with the help of artificial flavors you do not have to wait for the right season to taste your favorite drink. You can now have mango drinks in the winter too. With the passage of time demand for artificial drink flavors increased and now it has been evolved into a multi-billion dollars industry. Drink flavoring comes from three major sources–natural, organic and artificial.
Natural flavors are preparations from single substances obtained by physical processes from fruit and vegetable sources. Sometimes the source is animal based, derived directly from their natural state, or are isolated from their natural ingredients. Natural drink flavors are becoming more popular in the U.S. and internationally, as the trend toward natural food and beverages continue to grow.
Organic flavors are similar to natural flavors, but follow a very strict processing procedure and only use certified organic materials. Artificial flavors are substances chemically isolated from aromatic raw materials, or are synthetic. They may or may not be chemically identical to substances found in nature.
A Flavor Enhancer is an ingredient that has little or no taste or smell on its own, but which can enhance or modify the flavor of a beverage. This may take the form of a flavor modifier or a flavor potentiator.
A Flavor Modifier is an ingredient that enhances, suppresses or otherwise changes a drinks flavor. Flavor modifying agents can make unusual ingredients more palatable, for example by removing bitterness. A Flavor Potentiator can increase the perceived intensity of the flavor of another ingredient.
Flavoring Oils achieve a pleasing and authentic fruit flavor in a water-based beverage. Manufacturers often use flavoring oils derived from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons or limes. These flavoring oils are very concentrated, but sweeteners make them palatable. Masking agents hide an off-taste in products that can often include ingredients such as soy, vitamins, herbs or a number of nutraceutical ingredients.