By now we all know that organic fruits and vegetables are healthier and contain more nutrients than their chemically sprayed counterparts. More and more studies are proving that organically grown plants provide more antioxidants and polyphenols, which of course are great for our health. Antioxidants “eat up” damaging free radicals that can cause cell damage which leads to disease. Four to five servings a day of organic fruits and vegetables will help prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
So how do we know that our hard-earned money is buying the best organic foods available? Here’s a list of labels we see stamped on our food and what they mean.
100 Percent Organic
For any food labeled 100 percent organic, every ingredient must be organic. No ifs ands or buts here. The 100 percent organic label also ensures the product is free of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and carries the seal of Non-GMO Project Verified.
Any product containing this seal must have at least 95 percent organic ingredients and also owns the Non-GMO seal. Read the ingredients label so you know exactly what is and isn’t marked organic in your product.
Made With Organic Ingredients
A product with this label must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. Again, read the ingredient panel and decide if that’s for you.
Natural, All Natural or 100 Percent Natural
Basically the word “Natural” printed on any product doesn’t mean much. The USDA has no formal definition for the word natural. With the lack of standards for food labeled natural, it ultimately has no meaning and consumers are confused by this. However, the product can’t contain added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances.
If you want the healthiest food, look for the 100 percent Organic seal. And always read labels!