Eating right and staying healthy now a days can be very difficult, we are constantly being told what we should and shouldn’t eat, companies everywhere are making different beneficial claims for their products and we can get a little confused in the produce department when we see the words: ‘Organic’, ‘Pure’, ‘Natural’ and ‘Non GMO’. We all want to take the right steps towards being a healthier human being, and although it can be a little hard at times ( and you may fall off the wagon here and there ) I believe the simplest step to take ( and the first one you should! ) is to start in the grocery store choosing the correct produce. In this blog post I will briefly be explaining what ‘Organic’, ‘Pure’ and ‘Natural’ products mean and also giving you a little advice a few tips to choosing what is best for you.
What does it really mean when something is labeled as ‘Organic’? Basically it means that the produce has been grown in an environment that uses only natural fertilizers and pest management without any genetic modification, livestock has outdoor access and are not fed any antibiotics, growth hormones or any animal by-products and products containing multiple ingredients contain at least 95% organic ingredients. The benefits are wide ranging including consuming foods that do not contain harmful pesticides or pesticide residue, higher nutrient content, less environmental impact and organic products ( in my opinion) taste way better!
Sometimes the words ‘Natural’ and ‘Organic’ can be mixed up and assumed to be the same thing, this is not the case. ‘Natural’ simply means that the original state of the product ( physical, chemical or biological ) has not been altered, they do not contain any artificial colours/flavors, chemicals or additives.
Currently (in Canada) there is no standard regulation on the term ‘100% pure’, but basically it implies that the item is not a mixture, substitute, or imitation of product.
The first step that you can take to a healthier self is to choose the correct produce to nourish your body with. My advice to you is to always choose locally grown, in season and organic produce whenever possible, try to stay away from pre-packaged food (even if it says ‘Organic’, ‘Natural’ or ‘Pure’ on the label) as the food that will properly nourish your body and give you lasting energy comes in it’s most natural and pure form.