- Natural: means no artificial ingredients have been added (regulated only for meat and poultry.)
- Organic: means no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones or antibiotics were used.
- No hormones administered: an unverified certification that the cow was not given hormones during its lifetime.
- No antibiotic administered: an unverified certification that the meat or poultry has not been given antibiotics.
- Cage free: means the chickens weren’t in cages, but they can be packed into a windowless indoor space. It has no impact on nutrition.
- Free-range: an unregulated term that means the chicken has access to the outdoors for more than half its life. They can still live in very crowded conditions with limited outdoor space.
- Grass-fed: means that the cow ate grass at some point during its life. Look for “100% grass-fed.”
- Pastured or pasture-raised: unregulated term that means the animal has roamed a pasture throughout its lifetime.
When you go to the supermarket and see something labeled “natural”, you assume it must be healthy, right? The truth is, the words food manufacturers put on their labels may not mean what you think they mean. Here’s a list of some of these words and their definitions.
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