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Natural Foods: What Does the Term “Natural Food” Mean?

Defining Natural Food

Natural Labeled Foods - What Does Natural Mean?

Natural Labeled Foods - What Does Natural Mean?

If you go to any supermarket, you’re likely to see a plethora of products labelled “natural,” but what does that term really mean? It certainly seems to imply that there’s a minimal amount of processing involved in its production or in its ingredients, but what standards does a food product have to live up to to be called natural?

Definitions vary country-to-country. The United Kingdom’s regulations preclude any genetically modified foods, among other things, stating that natural foods can only include “ingredients produced by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man.” In Canada, natural foods are cannot be processed or have any additives in them, including artificial flavorings, nutrients, colorings or minerals. But what are the rules regarding natural food in the U.S.? Continue reading