Natural vs. Organic! What’s the difference?

Natural Foods:  Natural vs. Organic! What's the difference?
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If you have ever wondered what the difference is between the "Natural" and "Organic" claims you see on packaging you're not alone.  There are many great products that try to keep their products natural, minimally processed, with simple ingredients you can find in nature.  Before deciding on a product, there are some things you need to know.  Use the following to decode what you see on the label.


The Natural Claim

The term "All Natural" is not regulated by USDA and does not require a certification of any sort.  Because the term "natural" has no legal definition, standards vary by company. 

Products that claim natural ingredients may also be produced with synthetic pesticides and herbicides, as well as synthetic growth hormones and petroleum-based fertilizers.  They may also contain genetically engineered ingredients.


The USDA Organic Seal

This seal is regulated by USDA and verifies that the product bearing the seal on the label has a minimum 95% certified organic ingredients. This seal also verifies that the product has no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives and no genetically engineered ingredients. Certified organic ingredients are produced without synthetic pesticides or herbicides and have no synthetic growth hormones and no petroleum-based fertilizers.


“Made with” Organic is also a term that is regulated by USDA.  It means that the product has complied with the above seal requirements and has a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients.


Learn more at What Organics Mean

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