Buzzword Buzzkill


 

 

You can buy just about anything in its “natural” or "organic" form these days.

 

This is great, because if you’re eating “all natural” and "organic" products you’re practicing healthy eating habits.

 

Or are you?

 

It should raise eyebrows that things that were once considered unhealthy now get a special seal of approval because the manufacturer stamped some fancy buzzwords on the front. But, for some reason, it doesn’t.

 

"But the marshmellows were organic." Seriously?

 

Now, don't get me wrong, I've fallen victim to the organic hype and opt for many fruits and vegetables, and meat when I can, to be organic and sustainably grown. However, just becuase something is "organic" or "all natural" doesn't make it healthy.

 

 

These are the guidelines for "all natural" per the FDA:

 

“From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is 'natural' because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives.”

 

Turns out, there’s no difference between “regular” food and “all natural” products, save one stipulation: “The agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances,” the site continues.

 

While a food may not have yellow 5 or aluminum silicate, it is still a product that has little resemblance of its original form (bad), breaks down quickly in your system to spike blood sugar and increase weight gain (bad) and/or have “natural” flavorings, which, according to the excerpt above, is meaningless.

 

The term "organic" literally means "of, relating to, or derived from living matter." I dare you to find a food that doesn't fit that description. To the USDA, organic is more a term defining how a product is grown or raised, but keep in mind only 95% of those ingredients need to be organic.

 

But have you noticed none of these descriptions pertain anything to actual health? If the growing trend toward "all natural" and "organic" was working, would obesity still be creeping higher and higher yeat year?

 

It boils down to convenience.

 

 

Take the lable of a frozen pre-made smoothie, "all natural" and "organic" product. To me, and "all natural" smoothie recipe would contain some simple ingredients, like fruit. Instead, I found added sugar and sweeteners in the product that alluded to being just fruit.

 

After all, fruit is natural. Vegetables are natural. Meat is natural.

 

The words on the front of the box are not nearly as important as what is written on the back. Reading the ingredient list is essential to your (and your family’s) health. Not all foods are created equally. Each impacts our body differently.

 

You’d be hard-pressed to find any packaged product on your grocer’s shelf that isn’t processed, which, even by the FDA’s definition, makes it no longer a truly natural food. Even if it's organic, it's still specially produced crap.

 

Fruit bars are not natural. Cereal is not natural. Lunch meat is not natural. The list goes on.

 

If it lasts for months on the shelf, imagine what it does to your body.

 

Don’t make health decisions based on marketing. Food is, in reality, medicine—it can prevent and control numerous diseases and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It has the power to expand or shrink your waistline, boost or drain your energy, and ravish or enhance your confidence.

 

If you’re looking for truly all-natural products, you’ll find them on the perimeter of the grocery store.

 

It probably won’t say “all natural” on the front. For more info on the benefits of organic foods, check out this article from mp-body.com.

 

 



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