When the subject is health foods , some people often question the difference between organic foods and natural foods. As organically grown foods are becoming more widely available, the number of organic specialty stores and farmers markets around the country is rapidly growing as well.
Lucky Blog offers a quick overview of the “organic” debate, so you can have a better idea about this important subject.
The term “natural” applies to foods that are minimally processed and free of synthetic preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, artificial additives, growth hormones, antibiotics, hydrogenated oils, stabilizers and emulsifiers.
On the other hand, the term “organic’ refers not only to the food itself, but also to how it was grown and produced. In addition to the natural standards, foods labeled “organic” must be certified by the USDA, (the USDA organic seal) and must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity.
The tricky part is that some products may be organically grown and are considered “organic” but do not carry the USDA label. It’s the case for products made with organic ingredients which at least 70% of content is organic. They can use the phrase “made with organic” but cannot display the USDA organic seal. Products with less than 70% of organic content may list only those ingredients as organic on the ingredient panel but cannot mention the word organic on the main panel.
The USDA organic seal is honored to companies which comply with the organic growing and processing practices verified by USDA. The organic production is a system managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990.