Vanilla extract, imitation, alcohol

Fun Facts

  1. Imitation vanilla is often used to add rich flavor to baked goods — many of which contain a high number of calories and quite a bit of fat. The good news is that imitation vanilla flavoring does not contribute to the fat and calories. A 1-tablespoon serving of this liquid contains 31 calories and no fat. As a rule, you should limit your fat intake to 44 to 78 grams per day if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet.
  2. Imitation vanilla flavoring is quite low in sodium, containing 1 milligram of this mineral. Many recipes into which vanilla flavoring is added call for the addition of salt and result in a high-sodium final product, so keeping sodium low in ingredients is important.
  3. The American Heart Association calls for most Americans to keep their sodium intake to under 1,500 milligrams per day to avoid aggravating high blood pressure and to reduce the incidence of stroke and heart attack.
  4. Imitation vanilla flavoring relies on lignin vanillin, a chemically produced compound that mimics the flavor of vanillin, the natural extract from real vanilla that produces its flavor.

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