Natural vs. Organic
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While shopping you may see labels that say natural and others that say organic… Don’t be fooled! These do not mean the same thing and you may not be buying what you think!

Beware of items labeled “natural”. The FDA does not regulate claims that food may be all natural. They only regulate the term when it applies to added color, synthetic substances, and flavors. The use of the word “natural” is a marketing tactic and in reality these foods may contain any of the following:

pesticides
herbicides
toxic heavy metals
trace amounts of PCBs
toxic fluoride
hidden MSG
high-temperature cooking byproducts
synthetic chemical vitamins
other non-natural substances

Natural does not mean healthy! Read the label before purchasing to see what is in the product.

Your best (and healthiest) choice is organic! Organic foods are free of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and synthetic fertilizers.
Organic farming is regulated by the USDA with strict quality standards for growing and handling. Organic items will have a USDA seal on it ensuring the product is 95-100% organic.

Some recommended organic companies that can be found at the store include:

Dairy:
Stonyfield Farms
Horizon Organic
Organic Valley

Meat:
Bell & Evans
Laura’s Lean Beef

Produce:
Cal-Organic Farms
Earthbound Farms

Grocery:
Kashi
Nature’s Promise

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One Response to Natural vs. Organic

  1. Brookie-Lee says:

    Not everything labeled organic is organic though. Horizon milk, for example, will take cows from a non-organic dairy, truck them to a certified organic dairy, milk them there, then return them to the original farm. Yuck!