Natural Foods versus Processed Foods

Everyone wants to eat nutritious foods and most people know exactly what they are. Foods are divided into two camps:

By far, most of the cg foods that are available to us are processed. The seeds for plant products have been genetically engineered and some have been irradiated. The plants are grown using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Once harvested, the plants are refined and processed. During processing, the food is further enhanced with B vitamins, minerals, preservatives and colourings. Finally, the product is canned, boxed or frozen before it reaches the consumer.

Organic foods are grown without the use of irradiation, bioengineering or pesticides. Meat products are raised without antibiotics or hormones.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic four ways:

Farmers who grow organic produce and meat must follow strict soil and water conservation methods and guidelines for the humane treatment of animals. Today, over consumers buy more than $15 billion of organic foods and beverages annually.

The food production will change and eventually more information will be required on food labels. It is possible that within a few years, food labels will reveal about the pesticides used during production as well as the nutritional content. Remember to keep checking the food labels for all the information.


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