Monday, May 16, 2011

Misleading Labels and Phony Organic Food

If you walk through the produce section, meat section, or virtually any other area in a grocery store, you will find many products with labels like "all natural" or "fresh." These are supposed to make buyers believe that the food is healthier in some way. You may even find some products that say they have organic ingredients, even though it's a little iffy. Plenty of food companies are trying to trick their customers, so here's how to tell if a food is actually organic.

The first thing you need to look for is the USDA organic seal, because this ensures that the product is at least 95% organic. You can find this on single-ingredient foods like produce.

This video explains more "organic" labels and what they mean exactly:

Unfortunately, some food labels are much more misleading, specifically  "natural" and "all natural." The USDA's rules on these sort of labels are very vague, which means that companies can use these terms on their foods whether it's really "natural" or not. Click here to see a slideshow of specific examples of these food labels, plus other common terms that can be misleading.

Never be fooled by food companies ever again! If you want organic food, it better say "organic" on it. If you want your food to be "all natural," well, good luck with that.


  1. Thank you for this post, Stacey. This really points out the deceptive advertising that can be on products and what we can do to ensure we are buying more healthy foods.

  2. I still am fooled sometimes by the "natural" labels but am now starting to look closer before buying. I recently saw some items in the "organic" section that did not have the USDA label. Hmmmmm.