How The Food Industry Uses Terminology

How The Food Industry Uses Terminology

When you head to the grocery store, shopping for products like eggs, meat, fish, milk, and produce can be very tricky. Signs are posted everywhere labeling food as natural, organic, and a number of other things. But what’s the difference? Learning what specific names and terminology used can help you decide if you should shell out extra money on a product, whether the nutrition value is better or if it is simply a marketing ploy.

Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There are two main benefits of organic foods. You are helping the environment as chemicals are not being introduced into nature. Secondly, you are avoiding ingesting chemicals and are therefore benefitting by eating healthier food. However, organic products are usually more expensive while the nutrition value is the. If you are on a budget, use the clean 15 and dirty dozen list to narrow down what you can buy organically. No matter what you buy, however, make sure that you rinse off the food when you get home.

Another tricky label you will see is “no hormones.” This is usually regarding milk or meat products and is false since all animals naturally produce hormones. What the labels truly mean is that no hormones were unnaturally given to the animal, which is sometimes done to increase milk production or size.

Lastly, a label on eggs and meat can indicate if the animal was caged or penned. This does not make a difference in the quality or nutritional value of the meat but is simply a matter of animal rights. These products may be a bit more expensive, but if you want to make humane decisions, that is the way to go. Reading the label and making healthy choices can sometimes be difficult but learning how to do so can help you make the best choices for your diet.