If man makes it, don't eat it. - Jack Lalanne

Today let's talk about what you're putting into your body. You are what you eat, as the old saying goes, so why not be made of something good? But what is "good" anymore? There is so much out there about "organic," "natural," "whole grain," "whole wheat," and the like. No fat, no trans fat, low carb, low this, low that, no added sugar, it seems everything has one of these types of labels on it. So let's take a look at somet things that are really good and some things that are just empty marketing jargon.

"Organic"

Per the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) the term "organic" is protected by national standards, and only foods that meet these standards can be labeled "organic." As far as your body is concerned, organic is the most preferable form of food/nutrients. This is because organic foods are truly "natural" in that it is grown the way nature intended, without hormones, genetically modified, steroids, or "filler materials." There is a lot of "unkown" when it comes to genetically modified (GM) foods, such as they way they will affect your body in the long term. While organic is more expensive, it is by far the top choice when it comes to the types of food you are putting in your body.

More info: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004446&acct=nopgeninfo

"Genetically Modified Organics/GMs/GMOs"

As stated in the above section, there is a lot of debate on GMO's and their effect on the human body. For me personally, I will stay away from things that I don't know what/how they will affect me. While there are many biased opinions on GMO's, the unbiased advice would be to do your own research on them and the effects/unknown effects they have.

More info: http://www.fhs.d211.org/departments/science/mduncan/bioweb/Biotechnology/Genetically%20Modified%20Foods.pdf

"Natural"

While the USDA protects the term "organic," there is no such protection for the term "natural" when it comes to labeling foods. Be careful when looking at foods labeled "natural" as this is often a very vague/open term, aka "marketing jargon."

More info: http://www.foodlabels.com/archive/2008_06.htm#anchor3

There are many other types of labels on food products to be wary of, such as low carb, low fat, etc. etc. While these labels are generally true, often times when companies remove something unhealthy such as the fat content, they replace it with something else that is also unhealthy, i.e. a man-made chemical. As always, the best thing you can do when deciding what is good/not good for you is doing your own research from reliable, unbiased, factual sources and deciding for yourself. At True Wellness we take pride in being more than the average Chiropractic clinic, and will be glad to talk more with you about any nutrition topics or general health topics you may want to know about!

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