June 9, 2011

Organic Foods

Filed under: By Tamra Rosenfeld — Administrator @ 1:20 am

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What is organic?
Organic foods are foods that meet the following criteria:
• No pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used
• Produce is not genetically modified
• There is minimal use of chemical food additives.
• Meats that are organic are without hormones or antibiotics that are sometimes fed to animals.
You can buy organic fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, meats, and various packaged products. Organic foods are sold in most supermarkets and some farmers markets.

Organic vs. natural foods
Only organic foods are required to meet the USDA criteria. Natural foods are often minimally processed and without antibiotics, hormones, or chemical ingredients. The claim “natural” is not regulated by the FDA or USDA and can have various meanings.

Labeling claims
Below are some labeling claims that can be found on packaged organic foods.
• “100 percent organic” – the product must have all organic ingredients.
• “Organic” – at least 95 percent of the product must be organic.
• “Made with organic ingredients” – at least 70 percent of the product must be organic.
• Foods containing less than 70 percent of organic ingredients cannot be labeled organic.

Organic foods do not necessarily have more nutrients than non-organic foods. Organic does not necessarily mean healthy. Cookies, cake, ice cream, and other unhealthy foods can be high in calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats. Read labels for health information.

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