If you remember, several blogs ago (click here to read this blog) I discussed a conversation I overheard at a local restaurant. The head chef was explaining that we, as a culture, have become so used to artificial flavors that we don’t even recognize or like the true flavor of real food anymore. She even had a customer complain once that the blueberries she was using in her blueberry pancakes were not real. She knew the blueberries were real because she’d bought them herself from an area farmer. The customer was just so used to artificial blueberry flavoring that his taste buds did not recognize what a real blueberry tasted like anymore.
Here’s an interesting video that discusses the common trend of adding fake ingredients to foods and marketing the fake ingredients as the real thing.