Mercedes Gonzalez & Fernando Diaz
Flavorings are food additives that modify the taste or smell of food and increase its palatability. In ruminant feeding they are used with the aim of promoting voluntary intake without increasing caloric intake. At some particular times in the production cycle such as weaning, they are especially useful to stimulate animals to eat their ration and avoid weight losses or growth delays.
One type of flavoring is high-intensity sweeteners, which at low doses have an intense sweet taste. In general, they are obtained by chemical synthesis, although they can also have natural origin; examples include saccharine, aspartame or sodium cyclamate.