Food labels can be confusing to understand but, if they’re legitimate, they can tell you a great deal about the quality of the food you eat and how that can protect your health.
You have to be careful because big food conglomerates and marketing gurus throw around terms like “natural”, “all natural,” “healthy,” or “humane,” which sound great, but are actually quite deceptive. It’s been found that up to 80% of packaged goods contain GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), as well as hidden sugars and nasty pesticides. These wreak absolute havoc with your immune system, destroying all the good bugs in your digestive system, the ones that keep you strong and able to effectively resist conditions such as indigestion, weight gain and low energy, as well as the big ones like obesity, diabetes and cancer. Though it requires that you be more aware, eating clean, wholesome food is essential to living a healthy life and to overcoming disease.
When used truthfully, “organic” means the food has been grown in soil that has not been treated for three years prior to harvest with any forbidden synthetic fertilizers and/or pesticides.
USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) sets a high bar for product production and labeling. The process is supervised by a USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent who will only issue the USDA Certified Organic label if:
- all product ingredients are certified organic (with less than 5% non-organic ingredients)
- any processing agents are organic
When you see this label on your beef, pork, chicken, and eggs, it indicates that the animals were raised on organic, non-GMO feed, and not exposed to growth hormones or antibiotics. Sadly, the label does not mean that the animals exist in humane and decent conditions.
Non-GMO Project Verified
This label is the only American their-party verification system for non-genetically modified organisms. It’s important because 80% of our supermarket foods contain GMOs and under current law labels do not need to declare it.
To receive this label, growers must meet the program’s requirements and be tested for up to six months. However, it’s important to know that Non-GMO Certified does not also guarantee that it’s organic or pesticide-free.
To feel safer about your food and make the best decisions, be aware of which labels offer you legitimate protections. That means you may want to look for both the USDA National Organic label, as well as Non-GMO Certified, or at least know what each one can offer you.
Here’s to living Healed, Healthy and Whole!