“All natural” sounds healthy, doesn’t it? We all want to eat healthier, don’t we? We think we know what “all natural” means.
“All Natural” doesn’t mean a thing. The FDA doesn’t define the term “natural” on processed foods. Really, the “all natural’ stamp on an item means it’s edible.
The only place “natural” is regulated on meat and poultry. Natural meat item may not contain artificial flavors, colors and chemical preservatives.
Mikey can’t believe that “All Natural” really means nothing!
But don’t get too excited, although a “natural” meat product can contain almost anything else: it can be genetically modified, full of pesticides, contain corn syrup, additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
The existing FDA’s policy was released in 1993: “FDA has not established a formal definition for the term ‘natural’, however the agency has not objected to the use of the term on food labels provided it is used in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and the product does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”
Bet You Can’t Eat Just One
Natural potato chips are still potato chips, no matter what the label says. Even if potato chips are organically grown with sea salt and peanut oil. They’re still NOT going to be healthy for your heart or your waistline. So don’t be fooled into believing natural organic potato chips are a healthy option.
Crack the Label Code
The FDA’s definition for “All Natural” tells us nothing about a food. Don’t believe anything on the front of the package. Reading the Nutrition Facts isn’t enough, either. You must understand what you are reading.
- What are the main ingredients?
- What are the total calories, fat grams, saturated fat grams, sugar grams, etc.per serving?
- What’s the serving size? Is it the amount you would normally consume or double that amount?
- Know the various names for sugar. Besides high-fructose syrup, sugars come in a variety of “-ose” names which may not be so obvious. These include sucrose, lactose, glucose, dextrose, fructose, and maltose. Other common artificial ingredients that have landed into products labeled “natural” or “organic” include xanthan gum, an artificial thickener; ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process for fruits; and fattening oils such as hydrogenated oil, soybean oil, and alkalized coco a powder.
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