In Friday morning's Get Fit, Get Healthy Tri-States, we discuss the word, "natural."
In your quest to find foods that nourish, do you purchase foods labeled "100% Natural," "Healthy," or "No Artificial Ingredients" without actually reading the ingredients?
Susan Burke, author of "Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally," the answer is no!According to Burke, the USDA says that the "natural" claim means that the food does not contain any artificial ingredients, coloring ingredients, or chemical preservatives.
She says in the case of meat and poultry, it's minimally processed.
The meat may be full of "natural flavors" and "naturally raised," but she says that doesn't mean the animal isn't raised on a factory farm.
It also doesn't mean that the animal has access to the outdoors.
A can of iced tea can read "100% Natural Tea," however the ingredients include filtered water, high fructose corn syrup and lemon flavoring.