Are you being fooled?
Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Free Range, Pasture Raised, Grass Fed, Grass Finished, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Wild Caught, Farm Raised.. etc etc etc
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?
If you’re jumping onto the (massive) health bandwagon, you’ve got a lot of new vocabulary to learn. The most important is defining the difference between Organic and Natural.
Which is better? Are they different? Are they the same? Are they similar? Why is Organic so much more expensive? Natural is the best, right?
You see where I’m going here.
So grab your pencils, your notepads, and don’t forget to button that thinking cap! (currently writing this in the car after being in here for 8 hours, if that helps explain anything)
Defining Natural and Organic
Sounds good, right? We all want our food to be as natural as possible. No gross additives or chemicals. However… there are absolutely zero regulations for the term “natural.” So literally any company can slap that label onto their packaging to help sales. The most processed, chemical ridden, body killing companies can say their food is natural. The worst part is that so many people get fooled by it and eat food they think is good for them because it’s “natural.”
Please, don’t be fooled. Read the ingredients and decide for yourself whether it’s healthy or not. If it’s loaded with weird unpronounceable words, and mile long lists… chances are that food is full of junk and it sure ain’t natural.
100% regulated by the USDA (United States Division of Agriculture)
They must meet these requirements:
- Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge.)
- Produced using only certain allowed substances
- Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program- authorized certifying agent, following all organic regulations.
The companies that wish to call themselves organic, and have the official organic seal on their labels must apply to become organic and pay a fee.
So it’s a pretty serious thing. Which is great because we know we’re getting the right stuff.
Yeah so as you can tell, Organic is TOP DAWG. It is more expensive, so to be smart with your finances and budget.. try to buy all of your meat organic, and there’s a Top 12 Dirty List for produce. You don’t have to break the bank to be smart!
Are you currently buying anything organic? can you tell a difference?