What Does Natural Mean?

It’s something you see on food and product labels  but what exactly does it mean?

You may have thought the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might have had the definition down-packed but the truth is, they have not truly defined what natural is…leading many products to be labeled natural when they may not necessarily be “all natural.”

The agency claims it’s hard to define a food product as “natural.”

According to the FDA, it’s hard to define, because “a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth.”

The agency has not objected to the use of the term of “all natural,”  and “derivatives” in food due to the lack of definition as long as the food does not contain, “added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”

So next time, you see the word “natural” or “all natural” on your food, know that there is a probability it may not be the “all natural”  or “natural” you may have thought.

Don’t buy the hype. Know what goes into your body.