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What Do the Labels Mean?

You May be Surprised at the Definitions of The Words on Labels!

In order to be healthy, we must learn to read labels (if you don’t grow and make all your food from scratch). Since it is important to know what certain terms mean, here we go:

 Natural: means very little. Although it can’t include synthetic ingredients (colors, flavors), it can be heavily processed. This includes animals raised with antibiotics and growth hormones, and high fructose corn syrup (corn is natural, isn’t it?).

Fresh: means they are using ‘approved’ waxes or coatings, post harvest approved pesticides, applying mild chlorine or mild acid wash or ionizing radiation.

Organic (can mean 3 different things):

  • 100% organic = foods that don’t contain any non-organic ingredients;
  • organic—95% organic ingredients and the other 5 % do not contain growth hormones;
  • made with organic ingredients—foods with at least 70% organically produced ingredients (up to 30% non-organic)

Good Source of/Contains/Provides: food has at least 10 % of USDA’s recommended daily allowance

 High Source Of/Rich In/Excellent Source Of: food has at least 20% of USDA’s recommended daily allowance

Now you know. Garden fresh is still best, and you know exactly what has gone into it. We enjoyed our garden tomatoes for at least 6 weeks past the first frost.  They ripened on the vine in boxes in the garage.  When you grow it, then you know it!

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What Do Your Food Labels Mean?

You May be Surprised at the Definitions of These Words on Labels

 

In order to be healthy, we must learn to read labels if you don’t make food from scratch.  It is important that we know what certain terms mean, so here we go:

Natural–means very little.  Although it can’t include synthetic ingredients (colors, flavors), it can be heavily processed.  This includes animals raised with antibiotics and growth hormones, and high fructose corn syrup (corn is natural, isn’t it?).

Fresh—means they are using ‘approved’ waxes or coatings, post harvest approved pesticides, applying mild chlorine or mild acid wash or ionizing radiation.

Organic—100% organic = foods that don’t contain any non-organic ingredients;

Organic—95% organic ingredients and the other 5 % do not contain growth hormones;

Made with organic ingredients—foods with at least 70% organically produced ingredients (up to 30% non-organic)

Good Source of/Contains/Provides—food has at least 10 % of USDA’s recommended daily allowance

High Source Of/Rich In/Excellent Source Of—food that has at least 20% of USDA’s recommended daily allowance.

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Shopping at the Periphery of the Store

Here’s my question. By shopping “on the periphery of the store,” do you mean we shouldn’t eat organic foods? What about V-8 juice? Yesterday I had corn and it tasted like chlorine. I had boiled it in tap water. Where do we draw the line?

In most grocery stores, the cans and boxes (processed food, which we want to avoid) are found by going up and down the aisles.

The vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats tend to be place at the periphery of the store, around the outside, so we have to pass by the processed food to get to the real, fresh, healthier, basic food.  Stores are strategically designed for us to go up and down the aisles, checking our coupons, and putting processed food in boxes and cans into our carts.

The point of “shopping around the periphery” is, buy real organic food wherever it is in the store (better yet, grow your own organically when you can, or shop local farmer’s markets or roadside stands).

Some of you may understand this little quip I once heard:  “We grow all of the food we can, then we eat what we can, and what we can’t we can.”  So bottom line, just do the best you can 🙂

V-8 juice is the juice of 8 vegetables, but it is processed without the fiber and nutrients found in the fiber. The vegetables would be more healthy eaten whole, or you can make your own juice in a powerful blender that keeps all the nutrients together.

Regarding your “chlorinated corn,” charcoal filters on your sink will filter out most of the chlorine (but unfortunately leave the fluoride). Ideally, use filtered water in your cooking and drinking.