Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Natural Foods Defined


With so many people concerned about natural and organic foods these days, it's useful to stop and really take a look at what "natural" and "organic" foods really are. We all know that natural and organic foods are better for us than highly processed or artificial foods, but do we really know which foods are natural and organic? When you buy food that is labeled "natural," what does that really mean? What about "organic"?

It turns out that the term "natural" doesn't mean all that much. Because it's only been broadly defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it's a fairly arbitrary term, the meaning of which is left up to the conscience of the food manufacturer. The FDA says that any food can be labeled as natural so long as it doesn't include added color, synthetic substances or artificial flavors.

This definition sounds good-until you realize that it can be stretched to include such definitely non-natural substances such as aspartame, the artificial sweetener. More liberal food manufacturers argue that "natural" means any material that exists in nature. While aspartame does not exist in nature (you have to use a chemical process to create it), manufacturers say that the resulting product is made up of two amino acids, both of which do exist in nature. Never mind that they don't exist glued together as aspartame!

So what can the savvy nutritionally-conscious consumer do about this? Go with a term that is clearly defined and regulated by the FDA: organic. In the next issue we'll delve into the intricacies of organic foods, including basic regulations and differing levels of organic production. In the meantime, avoid foods that are only labeled as "natural" and go for those labeled "organic" or "natural and organic." It's the real stuff.

About The Author

Stephanie Yeh and her partner have helped many other people achieve and experience prosperity with the help of a strong 15 year network marketing business. Her current project, the Journeyman Wealth Program, is aimed at helping 15 people a year fully achieve their dreams. Stephanie's Prosperity Abounds website works on the basic principle that "You are the creator of your own reality!". Get more details on her website at http://www.prosperity-abounds.com.

info@prosperity-abounds.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Madison Civic Center hosts talk on nutrition, April 30
Independent Press
She has a masters' degree in nutrition from Cornell University. As a member of the American Dietetic Association and a Registered Dietitian she frequently speaks to community groups on nutrition and fitness topics. She has also taught exercise classes ...



What runners should eat: Nutrition tips for every distance
Merced Sun-Star
When it comes to fuel for your run, it can be difficult to know what constitutes proper nutrition. After all, that varies depending on the runner, timing of the meal, and the run itself. With all the different factors at play, choosing which foods to ...

and more »


Nutrition Tips for Marathon Virgins and Veterans
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
While it may seem that burning large numbers of calories during training justifies eating a diet high in junk food, runners are not invulnerable to the consequences of poor dietary habits. Maintaining health and reducing risk of chronic disease ...



Trend: Nutrition trumping calorie counts
Columbus Dispatch
“People are recognizing that it's not enough to just go on a diet and lose weight,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group. “Nutrition comes more into play.” Top brands ...



Juicing: healthy or negligent to proper nutrition?
Montgomery Advertiser
Juicing: healthy or negligent to proper nutrition? Do you practice juicing? Do you find it easier to blend together various vegetables instead of just eating? Loading… Post to Facebook. Juicing: healthy or negligent to proper nutrition? on ...



Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School celebration National Nutrition Month ...
Imperial Valley Press
In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School community gathered for a health fair event here Thursday afternoon. Student performances, informational booths and fun activities highlighted the health fair as ...

and more »


Downtown Devil

ASU Student Nutrition Garden Club celebrates Earth Day with healthy recipes
Downtown Devil
Garden club advisers and nutrition program faculty members Simin Levinson and Tina Shepard hosted cooking demonstrations that promoted healthy eating habits and recipes for an Earth Day celebration. (Sarah Jarvis/DD). The ASU Student Nutrition ...



Benefits of Alkaline-Forming Nutrition
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
Although it's often overlooked, the foods you eat – and how they affect your body's pH – can impact a variety of health issues, from sleep to bone health to body composition. If you want to thrive, your body's pH level matters. By adding more alkaline ...



MyWabashValley

Mushroom Week Continues with Nutrition Talk
MyWabashValley
Mushroom Week Continues with Nutrition Talk. 04/17/2014 05:47 PM. 04/17/2014 06:27 PM. Dietitians tell us that adding mushrooms to any meal can add nutritional value. It's fun for mushroom hunters to get out in the woods in search of the elusive morel.

and more »


Managing GMPs to Avoid Common Sports Nutrition Compliance Pitfalls (Part 2 ...
Natural Products INSIDER (blog)
A sports nutrition company that properly manages its Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements (GMPs) responsibilities can set a baseline for responsible sports nutrition business practices and avoid unwittingly introducing ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.