The word “natural” may sound healthy, but in reality, misuse of the term has made it next to useless in understanding which foods are really good for you.
If you’re trying to avoid potentially toxic additives and chemicals in your food, you probably keep an eye out for the word “natural” on the foods you purchase. But did you know that this word is basically meaningless when it comes to food labeling?
As the article below explains, “under current FDA rules a food can be called natural as long as it doesn’t contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. But over the years, billion-dollar food companies have created enough loopholes to drive an all-natural Mack truck through.”
Loopholes which allow things like animal droppings, or petroleum-derived gasoline additives. Technically “natural”? Sure, but you probably still don’t want them in your food!
Want to make sure you’re actually eating good, healthy food?
Choose food without any labels at all!
Anything that comes from your own garden is decidedly natural. So is anything that doesn’t come in a package, or if it does, the package contains only ONE ingredient (i.e. grass-fed meat, dry beans, brown rice, etc.).
Check out the article below for more info:
…Call me crazy. But I never thought deciding which foods are natural was as hard as, let’s say, splitting an atom.
An organic apple is natural. That goop they put inside Twinkies is not.
But over the years, the FDA has made such a mess of things that just about any food you see at the supermarket can be labeled as “natural” or “all natural.”
And those labels are about as reliable as a tissue paper raincoat.
Even GMO Frankenfoods and foods made with high fructose corn syrup can be called natural now. The labeling has become so worthless that last year Consumer Reports petitioned the FDA asking it to drop the term “natural” completely.
Your best bet is to buy organic whenever you can, and stick with meat that’s grass-fed and antibiotic-free.