Is It REALLY 'Natural?'
We see so many food labels that boldly say; "All Natural." Are they really?
There are still quite a number of labeling loopholes that we as consumers need to be on the lookout for. There can be all sorts of bad things in that 'natural' food we're eating. For example, meats can contain antibiotics and hormones that were fed to the livestock, but can still be called natural. Or, do we know if harmful pesticides were used on the fruits and vegetables we're eating? GMO's (genetically modified organisms) are a popular topic of discussion in recent news. These are foods that have been artificially manipulated in a laboratory via genetic engineering. The problem is we don't know which foods contain GMO's because there are no labeling laws requiring the manufacturer to claim them. For example, the majority of soy and corn products are GMO, but we don’t hear about it unless we do some research of our own.
Here are a few things you can do to ensure you are eating cleaner and safer.
- Buy organic when you can. Local farmer's markets can also offer better choices.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables. Use a soft brush and brush under cold running water. More delicate vegetables can be lightly rubbed with your fingers in cool running water. Although not necessary, some people use a fruit & produce wash, which is widely available.
- Look for products that are not highly processed. Make sure they tell you that they do not contain undesirable ingredients. For example, NatraTech Super Food™ does not contain GMO's, gluten, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, soy, wheat, corn, etc. And we tell you!
Eating clean foods and drinking clean water can have a very positive impact on your health.