Every now & then, our school district’s dietitian sends out an e-mail that discusses a topic related to healthy eating.
Today, we received an e-mail about what “all natural” really means when it comes to consumers purchasing products.
With her permission, I thought I’d share some of this information!
All information is from the USDA.
- The term natural is not regulated, unless it’s used with meat & poultry.
- When not referring to meat & poultry, “natural” foods are usually minimally processed & free of things such as artificial sweeteners & colors, hydrogenated oils, etc.
- When referring to meat & poultry, the product must be free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives & ingredients.
- Keep in mind – organic refers not only to the food itself, but to the way in which the food was produced.
- The demand for organic products in the United States increased by 14.1% from 2005-2006.
- The biggest increase in organic purchases? Fruit & vegetables!
- Overall, organic food is not necessarily safer or more nutritious to consumers. Many organic foods contain as much fat & calories as their non-organic counterparts.
- What age group most frequently purchases organic products? “Younger Baby Boomers” (ages 42-51), followed by “Generation X” (ages 28-41).
Is any of this new information to you? Are any of these statistics surprising to you? I was surprised to read that organic foods aren’t necessarily “better” for you (nutritionally speaking, of course).