5.11.2011

WTKW Mini Series

I haven't posted anything in a while because I'm feeling very uninspired lately. Not to mention that the sun has finally decided to grace us with its presence, so we have been outside a lot. My neighbor drove by the other day and noticed me and the girls outside and asked if I was working on my tan. "Always" was my answer. Since it's Wednesday I thought I would continue our mini series of decoding food labels. This week is the term Natural.

100% Natural: Foods that don't contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and have no synthetic ingredients.
  • As with organic foods, no research provides that natural products are better for you. Most food additives while unsavory sounding, haven't been shown to be bad for you.
  • Just because something is "natural" does not mean it's good for you. It can still have loads of sugar, fat, or calories. The soda 7up for example was once marketed as 100% natural (the label now says its 100% natural flavors), but it's still soda.
  • Check the ingredient list and the nutrition facts panel to see what's really in the item. A healthy choice will be relatively low in sugar and saturated fat, and you won't need a chemisty degree to decipher the label.
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1 comment:

grammy appleseed said...

found this in Family Circle that I thought may go with your mini series.
This is for poultry labels:
1. free range - USDA regulated designation meaning the bird had access to the outdoors.
2. farm raised - usually means a bird raised on a local farm, but technically all are raised on some kind of farm.
3. certified organic - all feed given to the birds are c.o. meaning no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, animal by-products, or other additives.
4. natural - the commonly used label but has nothing to do with standards of care, type, or quality. Just indicates no additives or preservatives were added after the poultry was processed.
5. hormone free - irrelevant. No artificial hormones are used in any poultry production.
6. raised without antibiotics - medications not classified as antibiotics may still be used.