It’s a new year, and there’s a new chance to cleanse your cupboards of the junk and focus on food that’s more natural and healthy. The trouble is, when we see those words on food labels, they can be misleading.
“Natural” and “organic” are common on food labels, but the terms can be confusing. “Natural” labeling is simple, but vague. “Organic” labeling is more complicated. There are, however, specific definitions for each term, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Nobody wants to find insect parts, rat hairs, mouse poop or maggots in their food. But the Food and Drug Administration does allows low levels of these nasty things along with a bunch of other icky stuff to be present in food, or the ingredients that go into it.