Flavor is a complex appreciation of the total sensation perceived whenever food or drink is consumed. Over the years many attempts have been made to define flavor in precise terms. In 1969, the U.S. Society of Flavor Chemists proposed the following definitions:
Flavor is the sensation caused by those properties of any substance taken into the mouth which stimulates one or both of the senses of taste and smell and/or also the general pain, tactical and temperature receptors in the mouth.
A flavor is the substance which may be a single chemical entity or a blend of chemicals of natural synthetic origin while primary purpose is to provide all or part of the particle flavor or effect to any food or other product taken into the mouth.
The use of the term “flavoring” is becoming more widely accepted to distinguish between intrinsic flavor of a product and added flavorful ingredients used to modify or imposed a new character on the flavor profile of the end product.
Definition of flavor