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Friday, October 9, 2015

Foods Labeled "Natural"

Foods Labeled “Natural”
Americans are looking for foods that will allow them to eat healthier.  According to a Nielsen Healthy Eating report, the term natural helped sell $40.7 billion of food products in 2014. 

As defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a natural food is one that does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.  Due to this definition, the word “natural” can mean a variety of things. Instead of having an exact definition for the term, the FDA has set guidelines for its use. 

If you are uncertain on whether or not the food is considered “natural” check the ingredient listing. The food should not contain:
·       Hydrogenated oils
·       High-fructose corn syrup
·       Monosodium glutamate
·       Artificial sweeteners
·       Preservatives

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