Is it REALLY Organic? from Jillian Michaels

by Admin on April 18, 2010

JILLIAN’S TIP OF THE DAY

Make Sure It’s Really Organic

 

You can tell if a fruit or vegetable is organic by looking at the number on the sticker: If it has five digits and starts with 9, the food is organic. If it only has four digits, the food is conventional. (If it has five digits and starts with 8, the food is conventional and genetically modified.) For foods with multiple ingredients, identifying truly organic products becomes trickier, so look for the USDA organic seal. The USDA regulates the claims a food can make about how organic it is. Here’s what the label lingo means:“100 percent organic” — All of the ingredients in the food are certified organic. These products can display the USDA organic seal.

“Organic” — At least 95 percent of the ingredients are organic. These products can display the USDA organic seal.

“Made with organic ingredients” — At least 70 percent of the ingredients are certified organic. The other 30 percent can be anything. These products cannot display the USDA organic seal.

“All natural” — This term is not regulated and can mean anything. Don’t rely on it.


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