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What is the difference between Artificial Vanilla Extract and Pure Natural Vanilla?


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Answered 2009-04-06 01:58:16

Pure Vanilla Extract is a flavouring derived from an orchid in the genus Vanilla native to Mexico, the only edible fruit of the orchid family, which is the largest family of flowering plants in the world. Vanilla Extract is produced by drying and curing the green bean pods from the Vanilla plants. The majority of the world's vanilla today is produced in Madagascar, while other tropical countries including Indonesia, India, Mexico, and many others produce smaller quantities. Because vanilla is a vine and requires a support to grow on (such as trees) and at least 50% shade, it's production is generally sustainable and helps preserve tropical forests and biodiversity.

Synthetic vanilla, on the other hand, is an artificial product made from guaiacol, a coal tar derivative through a chemical process. Caramel colors are used to mask the unpleasant aroma and therefore it appears black in color. Since it is a coal tar derivative, it is generally considered unhealthy for human consumption.

Over 250 components contribute to the flavor profile of vanilla, yet only vanillin is imitated. Natural vanillin is present in vanilla beans at 2% by weight. A cheaper artificial form (USP vanillin) can be synthesized from guaiacol, a coal tar derivative; or produced from lignin, a byproduct of the paper industry.

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Vanilla essence and vanilla extract are not the same. Vanilla essence is artificial, and vanilla extract comes from pure vanilla.


Is there a difference between natural and synthetic substances?

From a chemical standpoint, there's no difference in the substance itself. However, there may be differences in what impurities are present and their relative concentrations.One of the reasons artificial flavors tend to taste ... well, artificial ... is that they don't have the same blend of impurities as the natural substance does. Artificial vanilla flavoring is just vanillin, which is the main but not the only component in natural vanilla extract. This makes it more of a "one-note" flavor, without the subtleties present in real vanilla extract.


Where do you buy vanilla extract from?

You can purchase artificial vanilla extract from pretty much any grocery store - look in the baking goods aisle by the spices. If you are looking for natural vanilla extract, you can generally find it side-by-side with the artificial stuff, but the price will be several times higher.


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What is the difference between pure vanilla as to vanilla extract?

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What is clear vanilla extract made out of?

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Can you substitute vanilla extract for clear vanilla extract?

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Not enough to make any difference.


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