Labels Can be Confusing! Know the Difference Between Natural & Organic!

On my last trip to Whole Foods, a woman stopped me and told me she was just released from the hospital and was told she had to adhere to a strict Organic/Gluten-Free diet.  She asked if there was a difference between Natural & Organic?  She assumed that they were the same and that she could trust what the label said.

It can be very confusing when you are trying to distinguish the difference if you are just starting to make you transition into eating organically.  I was very confused!  I found a really great article I thought explained it very simply and easy for any consumer to understand.

Here were the highlights to the article:

USDA Organic Labels
Products bearing this label must be made with 95% organic ingredients. They must also be made without the use of:
•    Toxic and persistent pesticidesusda organic seal
•    Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers
•    Synthetic growth hormones
•    Antibiotics
•    Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
•    Irradiation
•    Sewage sludge
TIP:  When it comes to organic produce, look for five-digit PLU (price look-up) codes that begin with the number 9.

Natural Labels
It’s easy to confuse organic products for ones labeled “natural.” After all, organic products are minimally processed and are made mostly, and in many cases exclusively, from ingredients straight from nature.
It’s important to remember, though, that organic products and natural ones are not the same. There are no FDA or USDA rules governing the use of the “natural” label, making it difficult to know how ingredients in natural products were grown and processed. So, if you choose to buy natural products, be sure to read the fine print.

To read the article in its entirety go here.

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