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The Truth About Health Food Buzzwords: All Natural, Organic, Real Fruit Juice, and Whole Grain

Marketers have responded to the recent pushes to eat better and lead healthier lives with buzzwords that make their products sound healthy. Words and phrases like “all natural,” “organic,” “made with real fruit juice,” and “made with whole grain” dominate the packages in the aisles of your local grocery store. Be careful though, these words may not mean what you think they do and they certainly aren’t the only factor you should consider when you’re filling your pantry.
All Natural
This one is probably the most misleading health food buzzword out there because “natural” likely doesn’t mean what you think it means. In fact, according to the FDA, it doesn’t mean anything at all – the FDA does not define or regulate the term on food products. The USDA loosely defines what natural means for meat products as not having artificial preservatives (which doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any preservatives – salt is found naturally in the earth after all), coloring ingredients, and it should be minimally processed. Here’s the problem: meat from animals treated with strange hormones while they were alive can still technically be considered natural. Also, the enforcement of companies who make “all natural” claims isn’t very stringent, so it’s largely up to the producer to define what natural is. My recommendation: ignore any advertisement that says “all natural” and investigate the product on your own by taking a look at the ingredients list.
Organic
Food labeled as organic is much more stringently regulated than food labeled as all natural; and the “Certified USDA Organic” seal can only be used after a company undergoes an approval process and frequent inspections by USDA inspectors. There’s a lot to the definition of what is and is not organic, but basically produce cannot be grown with synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, etc. and the pest control process cannot use certain chemicals. Meat must be fed with organic feed, have access to the great outdoors, and they cannot be given growth hormones or antibiotics. Again, that’s a very brief definition, but organic food is more what you think of when you think of food being made naturally. If this is important to you, then you should spend the extra money on organic foods and visit Farmer’s Markets, but realize that organic is not synonymous with healthy. You can make organic cookies or other organic foods that we would usually consider to be “junk food,” and although it may have been made naturally, it is not necessarily good for you.
Made with Real Fruit Juice
This one actually means what it sounds like, but it’s usually not as healthy as it sounds. I have yet to find a label that says “made with real fruit juice” without having added sugar on the ingredients list. Here’s the other problem with this label: when you’re only getting the fruit juice, you tend to lose all the other nutritional benefits of fruit. Take an apple as an example. An apple with the peel has about 5 grams of fiber (depending on the size of the apple), but if you only have a little apple fruit juice, you’re not getting any fiber. You’re better off with real fruit, not real fruit juice.
Made with Whole Grain
I’m a big proponent of eating whole grains, but that doesn’t mean everything with whole grains is healthy. Look for labels that say 100% whole grain – you should still check for sugar, fat and sodium content, but 100% whole grain is a good start. If the label doesn’t say anything about what percentage of the product is whole grain, check to see how many grams of whole grain the label says a product is made with (which should be posted) and compare that to the number of grams of carbohydrates on the nutritional label. Finally, you can check the ingredients list to see if the first ingredient listed says something about whole grains (note: an ingredient’s list is always listed from the most abundant ingredient to the least abundant ingredient).
The Bottom Line
Always check the nutritional label and ingredient’s list. Marketers can’t try to deceive you here – they’re required by law to post this information and that is well regulated.

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Fitness

Healthy Eating – The Building Blocks of Organic Food

The core building blocks of food are sugars, starch and oil. These three things provide our basic carbon and energy requirements. Different plants have unique levels and available proportions of these essential building blocks.
Seeds containing starch can have a descent amount of oil compared to oil seeds, which have no starch. Starch in the diet is usually provided by grains and vegetables, like potatoes.
Sugars freely available in sweet food are fructose, glucose, and sucrose. There is much to be read and learnt about these sugars beyond the scope of this article.
Oils in the diet are naturally obtained from foods with high oil content. Avocados are known for their high oil content. Nuts are another source of oils in the diet. We don’t need to consume oil (cooking or otherwise) to receive adequate oils.
Vegetarians will passionately tell you we don’t need meat in our diets to receive adequate Nutrition levels. The human body can happily and fundamentally gain its nutritional requirements from non-meat sources. Vegetarians know this and do it successfully. Many animal species eat nothing more than plant based nutrition.
There is ongoing debate about the nutritional levels of Organically grown food compared to food grown using modern traditional methods. One segment missing from these debates is the amount of pesticide residues on non-organic produce. The emphasis is focused only on the nutritional value.
Although scientific research and logical opinion differ, my logical view is that a plant will absorb the nutrients it requires regardless of their source. The important point ism, was the source real and natural or synthetic?
Organic, Natural food is grown with the idea that a plant obtains its nutrition from nature. Plants have been growing successfully for centuries, long before man and science discovered a way to synthetically manufacture a fake version of nature.
The best way to determine if a plant or its fruit is nutritionally adequate is to observe the plant or fruit itself. If it looks healthy and delicious it most likely is. Plants show signs of inadequate nutrition by changes in their growth habit changes in leaf colour, poor fruit production or smaller than expected plant growth.
For maximum health benefits, look for food grown without the use of synthetic Pesticides. The look, feel and taste of the food will provide logical fact regarding the Nutritional value of it.
Healthy food will be naturally high in essential sugars, starch and oils needed for a healthy human diet.
Organically grown food often looks distorted or may have odd shapes. This does not have anything to do with the health of the plant or the food, it simply means the fruit was not grown for uniformity but rather quality and taste.…

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Organic Meals On-line

It appears that evidently persons are becoming increasingly more health conscious, particularly in the case of including healthy foods to their weight loss program. You can retire cheaper in Mexico anytime, however you could be skeptical of the health care in that nation.Completely impossible! Complete food dietary supplements are the best way to go. All the other stuff is not more than snake oil. There are distinct differences between pure (plant-derived) dietary supplements and synthetic (chemically-derived) dietary supplements and the way they each affect your health. There have been so many stories about our food chain being tainted it makes one wish to eat only food constituted of residence. It helps folks keep away from ailments, stay sturdy and match and keep their bodily and psychological health as long as they stay. Once we don’t get enough sleep, our physique can not properly uptake and ship the vitamins of the meals that we eat. Practically all medical science studies of nutrients and human health have used synthetics moderately than natural vitamins, which destroys the accuracy of negative laboratory outcomes.

Tomatoes are exceptionally good for cardiovascular health and may considerably cut back your risk of coronary heart illness and stroke. Citrus fruits and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. Dark yellow and darkish inexperienced leafy greens are rich in vitamin A. If a lady can’t eat sufficient meals rich in iron, she might have to take iron pills. With diesel prices around $4 per gallon, it prices more to energy tools to grow food and get it to stores. SELF spoke to registered dietitians concerning the good-for-you meals trends on monitor to explode in the new year. Even some dietary supplements found in ‘health food’ stores are merely excessive-priced synthetic products.

Nonetheless the typical western food regimen tends to include far too much omega-6’s and not almost enough omega-3’s; and this imbalance contributes to increased inflammation in our bodies, which ends up in poor health and an elevated threat of continual illnesses equivalent to coronary heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

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