Label Reading – All Natural vs Organic
As I looked into the definition of “All Natural”, I was surprised to find out that there is not a regulated definition of “All Natural”. The “All Natural” term is a marketing term only. It is generally believed to be foods free of natural colors, synthetic ingredient, and artificial flavors. Many of the food products that I have found labeled “All Natural” do turn out to be pretty good products, but that is not always the case. In fact, “All Natural” can be anything the food marketers want it to mean. High-fructose corn syrup is technically a natural food, but it certainly is not an ingredient I want to see in the food I give my family.
Most of us think of chemical free when we think of “Organic” foods. I was surprised to find out how much more “Organic” included. Sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering was not even something I thought possible for my food. Food is just food right? I can choose to have it with or without the chemicals? This is where knowing just a little bit made me crave more information.
Have you noticed “All Natural” products before? Have you used “Organic” products before? I encourage you this week to start checking those labels and find out what ingredients really are in those products you are buying. Remember, every time you shop you are voting with your dollars. Are you going to choose to vote for highly processed foods or are you interested in eating a more natural diet which is more in-line with what our grandmothers and great-grandmothers cooked for their families? Michael Pollan in his book In Defense of Food says, ” But over the last several decades, mom lost much of her authority over the dinner menu, ceding it to scientists and food marketers…………………….” I say we MOMS need to take that authority back.Don’t forget you can join us on Facebook for more fun and support along the way. You can also follow us on Twitter @Jugglngrealfood if you are interested in learning more about the Real Food Movement. You can also follow our boards on Pinterest.