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    Default A paradox science can't explain.

    Why do I enjoy real cherries more than real strawberries, but artificial strawberry flavor better than artificial cherry flavor? If science was so good, it would either have an explanation for this, or would be able to duplicate the flavors well enough that I would have the exact same preferences. Answer me this, scienticians.

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    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.

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    I'm the opposite. I prefer real strawberries but cherry flavoring.
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    I prefer real fruit. Except Snapple Apple and it's super mutant pear juice that tastes more apple-ly than apples. Wow that's pretty weird. Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osprey View Post
    Why do I enjoy real cherries more than real strawberries, but artificial strawberry flavor better than artificial cherry flavor? If science was so good, it would either have an explanation for this, or would be able to duplicate the flavors well enough that I would have the exact same preferences. Answer me this, scienticians.

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    Anyway, cherries and cherry flavouring is the best thing ever. That's that sorted out. Next question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osprey
    but artificial strawberry flavor better than artificial cherry flavor
    Decades ago, he explains, scientists did indeed extract compounds from a gland in a beaver's tush. And then they would use the potion to help create strawberry and raspberry flavorings or to enhance vanilla substitutes.
    Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting

    Basically, many people love the scent and taste of beaver anal gland secretions.

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    I really love those freeze dried strawberries. They're tart, chewy and just plain good. I don't have to share since no one else will touch them. Fake cherry flavor is good in a slurpee or something like that but I would rather have fresh.

    Also; I love cherry pie but strawberry pie is not good. Warm strawberries are just not ok. Blueberry pie, otoh is magnificent.
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    Why does almond extract smell and taste like cherries more than cherries smell and taste like cherries?

    WELL, SCIENCE???
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    Why does everything taste like chicken except for chicken nuggets?
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    ROFL 21st century and people still believe in science?
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