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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Organic or Natural -- What's the Difference?

Going to the grocery store can be confusing, especially if you are trying to eat healthy. There are foods advertised as organic, and others as natural. Are they the same? If not, what's the difference? Which one is healthier?

Organic and natural are not the same. Here's the difference.


Foods advertised as organic can only use the organic label if the food is produced according to requirements set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Organic foods are grown without using dangerous chemical pesticides, herbicides and other chemical fertilizers used in the production process. Animals are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones. USDA certified labels are given only to companies whose products pass certification inspections and continue to be monitored to ensure they remain in compliance.


Foods advertised as natural are not grown organically, nor are they given USDA certification that would ensure consumers are buying products that are chemical free. Neither the USDA or the FDA have regulations on products advertised as being natural, which means for you as a consumer, there are no guarantees. They are not organic. Unlike organic, natural foods can contain artificial color and flavoring, artificial preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and hormones.

Shop smart. Read the labels. If organic is important to you, look for the USDA organic label. Know what you are eating! Organic and natural are NOT the same!
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