Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
It's actually kind of simple to explain why real and artificial flavors taste different. In the majority of cases, an artificial flavor is a single organic compound added to a food. Tn the case of strawberries there are dozens of molecules that combine to give the flavor in the native fruit. Some are present in a large number of fruits. It's not due to one single thing, but our brains interpret this ensemble as a single thing. When it comes to artificial flavors, the flavor and fragrances industry usually uses ethyl methylphenylglycidate for strawberry flavor. That molecules creates a close mimic to the flavor of straw berries in a single compound, but it's impossible to create the exact same flavor with one component when the original is dozens. Hence, artificial flavors taste or smell slightly off compared to the original. The vast majority of flavors and fragrances of artificial origin operate this way.

However, there are some exceptions, the most noteworthy is rose oil, which is quite easy to replicate as the principle oderant in the native plant (aptly named rose oxide) is all that is needed for an individual to recognize the oder as rose. Though other readily available compounds can be added to bring it in more alignment with the original smell.
I think I remember reading that tomatoes are pretty complex, as well. I don't think I've ever heard of artificial tomato flavoring, for that reason. I actually don't think artificial flavors are a bad thing (except for artificial sweetener).... I particular love blue raspberry; but they are different to their natural counterparts, clearly. That doesn't make them better or worse.

Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting

Basically, many people love the scent and taste of beaver anal gland secretions.
Well, generally speaking, lots of people like beaver.