Maybe you are chemically sensitive to food additives. Or, maybe you do not believe in GMO (genetically modified) foods or don’t trust how conventional foods are being processed these days. Some companies have made it easy to find out if your food is organic, GMO or conventional. Other companies make it tough and it requires reading labels and knowing what to look for on the package.
If the label says “Organic” or “all Natural” is it? The FDA does not require a food to be 100% organic in order to use the above titles on their products. Some organic foods may be 90% organic. Some natural foods may contain additives. You have to read the labels. For example, Bragg organic apple cider vinegar says on the front label that it is organic, kosher and contains no additives. Turn to the ingredients and it says Certified Organic Raw Apple Cider vinegar and Purified water. It also says that they use 100% Organic apples! This is truly an organic product.
Conventional foods are what you see grown across the countryside on farms. From corn to beans to sugar. Most, if not all, of these conventionally grown foods have one or more of the following: chemicals. Pesticides and herbicides, livestock may be given anti-biotics and or growth hormones to prevent illness and promote fast growth.
Many believe that using anti-biotics and growth hormones are bad for people’s health over long periods. Conventional foods can also contain additives to enhance food flavor, color, shelf longevity and texture. Some people are allergic to these additives. For example, Campbell’s Chunky Split Pea and Ham Soup says on the front label “Split Peas & Ham with Natural Smoke Flavor. Turn to the back label and find ingredients. Water,split peas, potatoes, carrots, cooked ham, water added (pork, water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate, sodium nitrate) celery, contains less than 2% of : potato starch, bacon (cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrate), sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, flavoring, natural smoke flavoring.
By using Molecular biology, new plants are created for food. GMO is used to enhance traits to improve that specific plant. For example, corn has been modified to tolerate drought, disease, damage from herbicides and pest control.
It is easier to figure out if a product is NOT using GMO products. Most companies do not say they use GMO products on the label. More and more companies are putting GMO-Free on their labels though. If food is conventionally grown in the U.S., it is a good bet that it may have GMO ingredients in it unless stated otherwise.
Fruit/vegetables and GMO, Conventional and Organic ratings.
Look on the little label on the fruit or vegetables and find the number. If the number starts with an 8 it is GMO. If the number starts with 4, it is conventionally grown. If the number starts with a 9 it is an organic fruit or vegetable.
Read your labels. Are you eating Conventional, GMO or Organic foods? It takes a bit of time, but it’s worth it.