5 Myths About Organic Food Debunked
MYTH: If it says “organic” on the label, it’s 100% organic
Fact: Only 95% of ingredients need to be organically grown to have the label “organic” . There are actually 3 different labels for organic food:
1. 100% Organic: This means that 100% of all ingredients in a product (except salt) and water, are organic. 100% certified organic products may use the USDA Organic Seal.
2. Organic: This means that 95% of all ingredients in a product, except salt and water, are organic. Certified organic products may use the USDA Organic Seal.
3. “Made with Organic Ingredients”:This means that 70% of all ingredients in a product, except salt and water, are organic. These products may not use the USDA Organic Seal
MYTH: Organic food isn’t affordable
Fact: Many are making efforts to help everyone access organic food, from supermarket giants like Target to local non-profits.
MYTH: Organic food is just a new fad
Fact: Once upon a time, all food was organic! It was only after the 1940s that that farms started using synthetic pesticides and chemicals to minimize weed, insects, and rodent damage.
MYTH: Organic food isn’t more nutritious than conventional
Fact: A review of 343 studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic foods are more healthful than conventional foods, mainly because they contain higher concentrations of antioxidants.
MYTH: Organic food from other countries meets different standards
Fact: Any food products sold as “organic” in the US, whether grown in the US or another country, must meet the US organic standards outlined above.
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Sam Swensen & Suja Juice