Posts Tagged by USDA

Overview of the artificial sweeteners in the US.

Overview of the artificial sweeteners in the US. Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As of 2013, only five artificial sweeteners are approved on the USA market. Approximately 15% of the total United States population above the age of 2 years use artificial sweeteners, knowingly or not (From: NIH.gov). Artificial […]

Refresher video “Organic” vs “Natural”

Here is a great refresher video about the differences between “Organic” and “Natural”. Before you watch this video clip, make sure to read and compare the formal USDA definitions: Label “Natural” is used to highlight specific natural aspect of the product. To be legal, the label must explain the use of the term natural (such […]

Flavors are added even to the “Not from concentrate” 100% orange juice

Before I start, some trivia. Did you know Pepsi owns Tropicana Juice and Coke owns Minute Maid? Now back to business. Orange Juice producers make it sound like the process is pretty straight forward: collect oranges, squeeze the juice out of them, pour it into the containers and ship to the stores. Here is an […]

Label reading 101

Let’s see what all of those confusing labels really mean. Note: there are numerous products on the market that show round green logos with some text inside. Some people mistake it with Organic logo; if you don’t read, it does look a little bit like the real Organic logo “Organic” with green circular USDA Certified […]

Let’s learn what Organic food is

Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food […]

…and what organic food is NOT

Let’s clear a some common misconceptions about organic food. Organic food is not the same thing as diet food. Diet foods are reactive, people eat them to resolve some existing health issues. In contrast, organic foods are free of bad pesticides & herbicides, GMO, growth hormones, irradiation, sewage sludge fertilizer, etc. As a result, they […]