Sometimes. We buy a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. We do buy packaged foods with artificial flavours though. All natural means is that it's derived from a natural souce, that doesn't tell you anything about how it was made, what's in it or what effects it might have. Natural flavours or colours aren't necessarily safer or better for you either.
From Scientific American.
"So is there truly a difference between natural and artificial flavorings? Yes. Artificial flavorings are simpler in composition and potentially safer because only safety-tested components are utilized. Another difference between natural and artificial flavorings is cost. The search for "natural" sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths to obtain a given chemical. Natural coconut flavorings, for example, depend on a chemical called massoya lactone. Massoya lactone comes from the bark of the Massoya tree, which grows in Malaysia. Collecting this natural chemical kills the tree because harvesters must remove the bark and extract it to obtain the lactone. Furthermore, the process is costly. This pure natural chemical is identical to the version made in an organic chemist¿s laboratory, yet it is much more expensive than the synthetic alternative. Consumers pay a lot for natural flavorings. But these are in fact no better in quality, nor are they safer, than their cost-effective artificial counterparts. "
Me too. I have become much more virtuous these days . . . I try to exist on fresh meat, fruit and veges etc. My diabetes is improving and I have lost weight, so the proof of the pudding is in not eating it. LOL
I think it would be a near impossible task to buy things without preservatives or artificial colours or flavours. The only things are fresh fruit and vegetables, but even then, I don't trust the suppliers who may have injected them with preservatives to make them last longer.