“All-natural” does not mean that it is good for you.

Diet & Nutrition

Grocery store shelves seem to be full of products that are called "all-natural," but that has little meaning if you are trying to eat as little processed food as possible.

Foods that may fill your list as good natural choices, like yogurt, granola bars, juices and even honey, may be chock full of sweeteners, or they may go through processing that removes some of their original ingredients and benefits.

The definition of "all-natural" is a vague one, as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s role is to make sure that food is safe, not natural. But it has defined "all-natural" to mean no artificial flavors, added colors or synthetic substances.

The following ingredients can still be used in some foods labeled "all-natural:"

  • Added sugars or other sweeteners
  • Added natural flavors
  • Trans fats
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

To avoid them, read the ingredients. 

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