5 food labels that can trick us

Nowadays there’s a growing movement of people wanting to eat healthy, organic and cruelty-free food. We are bombarded with labels that seem ethically perfect, but that, in reality, they are just misleading.

Today I want to explain to you 5 food labels that can be misleading and they may bring us to buy foods that are not that healthy or sustainable for the environment.

1. Cage-free

it basically means that the birds are raised without cages. That leads a lot of people to buy this kind of eggs but, do you know if those birds were raised outdoors on pasture or if they were raised indoor in overcrowded conditions? Better looking for “pastured” or “pasture-raised”.

2. Grain-fed

animals raised on a grain diet. Better looking for “100% vegetarian diet” but be sure that the animals weren’t fed with animals by-products.

3. Healthy

what does it really mean? It refers to food that must be low in saturated fat and contain limited amounts of cholesterol and sodium. They have always to contain at least 10% of the Vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, protein and fibre.

4. Free-range

Just defined for egg and poultry production, it means that producers have to allow the birds access to the outdoors so that they can engage in natural behaviours. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are cruelty-free or antibiotic-free, or that the animal spends the majority of the time outdoors.

5. Organic

to be defined as organic farms must meet a series of guidelines. They are defined as organic those that for three years prior to certification haven’t used synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and sewage sludge and they keep not using it. They can’t use GMOs, hormones, antibiotics and irradiation. Must employ positive soil building, conservation, manure management and crop rotation. They provide outdoor access and pasture for livestock. Animals 100% organic feed. With this label, the products are 95%-100% organic. Products with 70%-95% organic ingredients can still advertise it on the front of the package, those with less than 70% can identify them on the side panel.

In general, be careful with your choices. Try to always be aware from where you are buying. The easiest way is to buy from farmer’s market or supermarket chains that you truly trust. Go deep in what you are buying, don’t be superficial. What you are putting in your body must be your number 1 problem.

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Elena Locatelli is a certified health coach and yoga teacher. Italian, living in Spain, she started walking on the path of wellness when she was living in the United States. She believes that everyone is a work of art, they just have to understand it. Thru a holistic approach, she helps women find themselves.