You’re walking down the aisle of the market, trying to find the food you need to fit your diet. You see diet, fat-free and all natural products among others.
But what about all natural? What is it you think about the food when you read that? It may not be what you think.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no exact definition for the word “natural.”
According the administration, “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. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”
So this means whether a food is actually untouched and from the earth or it’s processed, it can still get a nice “natural” label smacked on it.
For those looking to find out if their food is actually natural, you’ll have to read more into the label and look for possible preservatives or chemicals.
So next time you make your way down the food aisle, re-check that “natural” label on the food you buy.