Recently, I had a conversation with family members about grocery shopping. One thing led to another and we were standing in a circle nearly arguing about the difference between natural and organic, because yes, there is a difference.
What does organic mean?
Organic means that the product is completely free of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or GMOs. Organic meats, egg and dairy products can’t contain growth hormones or antibiotics. Organic products are highly regulated and must be deemed USDA organic before hitting the shelves.
Are organic foods more nutritious?
Not necessarily. Do they taste better? Well, that’s up to you, but I’d say yes. The benefit of eating organic products is that you know they are free of harmful long-lasting insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers (via Whole Foods)
What does natural mean?
Well, natural doesn’t really have a definition. There is no government regulation for “natural” foods. Natural foods undergo minimal processing, and unlike certified organic products, natural products have no certificate or inspection system.
Does this clear the air a bit?