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The Truth Behind Food Labels

In recent years millions of people have began participating in the marches against Monsanto to protest the agricultural practices of this biotech giant. Considered the “mother of agricultural biotechnology”, the company is a large part of the reason the world has experienced such a large resistance to modern day food practices. From genetically modified foods to chemicals sprayed all over our produce and heavily processed foods, the resistance only continues to grow.

Innumerable studies can be cited to justify the critical questioning of our food industry, yet companies continue to do anything, even outright lie, to gain a higher profit margin.
False labeling is a commonly used method. In these cases, the labels do not truthfully represent the food. The following are six of the most commonly abused food industry terms used to trick customers.

  • Organic

Over the past few years, the term “organic” has become quite popular due to the significant amount of information available on GMOs, pesticides, and more. In fact, pesticides have been proven to be incredibly detrimental to human health when sprayed on foods.

Today, many foods that are labeled as “organic” contain ingredients that are not. However, organic foods are not allowed to use GMOs when they are being produced. Several guidelines must be followed to label a food “organic.” Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to know for certain if a food is truly organic and there is minimal trust in government organizations responsible for this oversight. In fact, the only way to know for certain if your food is organic is to grown it yourself.

Keep in mind that there is plenty of evidence proving that organic food purchased in grocery stores is better than nonorganic food. For example, recently a study was completed that found eating an organic diet for one week decreases an adult’s pesticide levels by 90 percent.

When meat is considered, it is important to know that chickens who are organically raised suffer from higher mortality rates on some farms than drugged chickens due to crowded and nasty living conditions, as well as a lack of antibiotics. This can result in more parasites than are found in drugged chickens.

It is not uncommon for “organically raised” cattle to be sent to factory farm feedlots for the sole purpose of being fattened up prior to slaughter. They are often caked in mud and feces. However, cows on feedlots can be labeled as organic if they are fed organic feed.

  • Natural

“Natural” labels are one of the biggest scams used on food products. To be honest, most of the food products that are labeled as “natural” are far from it; they may be GMO and likely covered in pesticides. In addition, they may contain antibiotics, growth hormones, and be processed.
It is important to do your research before purchasing foods because the public is constantly being tricked, deceived, manipulated, and subliminally programmed. Of course, the fact that the FDA approves the use of the “natural” label on foods that are nowhere close to it is quite dishonest.

  • Grass Fed

Grass fed is not the same as organic. It is not unusual for grass fed cows to be injected with antibiotics and growth hormones.

  • Low Fat and Fat Free

Many products containing this label are packed with artificial flavoring and harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to the health of humans. However, this is a frequent marketing ploy. For example, fat free yogurt has been found to be associated with weight gain. This is because the additives and sugars used as a substitute for missing fat actually increase insulin resistance, which results in greater weight gain. This also applies to low fat food options.

  • Spices

Many spices are actually produced by chemicals. In fact, they are not real spices. While most herbs and spices are good for you, you cannot be positive of this when it is put on a label. Spices are not required to be contaminant free.
Be aware that many products on the grocery store shelves have been there for a year or more and they probably were in a warehouse prior to that. However, the average shelf life of a ground spice is six months at the most, so you are often buying stale products. In addition, they are typically of poor quality and can contain contaminants.
Last year, the Food Safety Network conducted an investigation regarding the legitimacy of honey. They found that over 75 percent of “honey” sold in stores was not actually honey. Spices are likely the same.

  • Sugar

Sugar cane is real, natural sugar that is made by nature and provides vitamins and minerals. However, what we are sold as “sugar” is completely artificial with zero health benefits. Junk food, like sugar, is designed to be addictive and has been linked to cancer.

Hopefully, this has opened your eyes to how misleading food labels can be. Never believe something simply because it is written on the label. Do your research and choose your food with caution.

Abra Gordon
Source: Collective Evolution 

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