Are Natural Food Labels Misleading You? Find Out What “All Natural” Really Means
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer, but we’ve got some alarming news for all you mindful eaters out there. If you've been relying on labels that claim a product is “100% Natural” during your weekly grocery-shopping trips, you may want to take a closer look at those fine-print ingredient lists. Turns out "All Natural" and "100% Natural" are anything but.
According to Prevention, it turns out that neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor the Federal Trade Commission have a strict definition for the "All Natural" term. In fact, the FDA allows the label to be used as long as the food in question doesn't contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. However, processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavors and colors, additives, and preservatives are a-OK. Color us shocked!
Some of the foods to watch out for: granola bars, yogurt, and cereal. We know — there goes breakfast! Even more tragic, that “all natural” ice cream you're happily diving into may be filled with juice concentrate and modified starches. Definitely not cool.
For a true organic diet, it looks like you may need to break out your gardening tools — and your churner. Doesn’t get more natural than that!
Find the full list of red-flagged, possibly not-so-natural foods here.