4 Easy Ways to Make Sense of Food Labels

Trying to figure out all the labels on your food can confusing but staying healthy doesn’t have to be a headache. The List’s Bradley Hasemeyer and Dr Michael Diehm breakdown what goes into a label.

 

1. Fair-Trade

Usually associated with coffee this label is not only about the bean but how it is produced. In order to have this on your bag or box it must meet some pretty high standards from the fertilizer used to fair wages for the farmers. 

2. Organic

There is a variety of organic symbols you may see but they do not all mean the same thing. 100% is self-explanatory but a USDA label means it’s 95% organic and contains organic is about 70%. USDA does not allow any of the food to genetically modified. 

 

3. Non-GMO

GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. The Non-GMO project verified seal does not mean it is GMO free but it’s in compliance with the rigorous standard by the organization. It means that the food product has not been altered at the gene level.

4. Cage-Free

Many of us opt for this label when buying eggs, thinking it is both healthier for us and the chicken.  But cage free just means chickens were not kept in cages.  In fact, they may not even get out for fresh air and may stay confined to a barn.

 

Decoding labels on the Lowdown.

 

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