Saturday, April 24, 2010

Natural vs. Organic

You want to eat good food, right? Food labels should help but sometimes it's like trying to read Hebrew. You see the words "Natural" and "Organic" at a first glance but what really is the difference between them?

Organic crops are grown without industrial fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and insecticides. Farming organic crops doesn't have damaging impact on the ground, water and air. Organic food has more high quality essential nutrients that fuel our bodies. So for the guys out there,
organic = high octane fuel for a high performance machine.

Organic foods are not GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) and the growers in the United States have to follow strict procedures to be able to label their products/produce organic. I'm not sure how other countries regulate it so just look at the label. Certified Organic, made in the USA is surely to be a good quality product.

Natural is a much broader term. There is no legal food definition for "Natural" or "All Natural" foods which may come from GMO seeds. Growers can use synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides and still call their product "Natural". Because growers don't have to be certified to grown natural products, there are no farm audits to hold them accountable for their products or practices.

Natural products can also be irradiated. It means that the squash, almonds or what ever you are feeding your baby or yourself, has been exposed to radiation to destroy micro organisms, bacteria, viruses etc. Does that sound good to you? It turns me off!

So that's it in a neat little package. Don't fall for the "natural" but go for the "organic"! It's more expensive but worth it in a long run.

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