I wanted to buy Green Pasture products but these ingredients seemed potentially worrisome:
Butter/Cod Liver Oil Blends: chocolate, cinnamon, natural flavor
Butter Oils: raspberry, natural, and pecan flavors
Fermented Cod Liver Oils: mint, cinnamon, natural, and orange flavors
Emulsified Fermented Cod Liver Oils: peppermint, licorice, and ginger flavors.
I know a lot of fish oils like Carlson and Nordic Naturals have lemon, orange, or mint flavors added and I hope that's okay. Even on Robb Wolf's podcasts he thinks it's fine. I can only take the flavored fish/cod oils, otherwise I'd gag.
I think the lemon is from actual lemons - unless it's from a lab? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Perhaps the flavors are fake, but maybe that's the least of my worries??
Flavoring is fine. It doesn't even matter artificial vs. natural flavors as they're chemically identical, though natural flavoring will likely have extra components from the original plant source that are deemed unnecessary in the synthetically produced version. According to SA, artificial flavors can actually be safer since you don't get the toxins that plants produce as defense mechanisms.
I can't take the stuff without the flavoring. I bought some unflavored Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil and could barely keep it down. And my wife complained because the odor distracted from her enjoyment of our meals. I had to go and eat it away from the table.
So I'm back on the flavored stuff. The licorice flavored CLO is really tasty!
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