“Natural” is a common word we see splashed all over food packaging and advertising. The word natural makes us feel good. Most people believe that natural food is better for you than anything created in a cooking laboratory or factory. Sadly, this is not always true. Many foods labeled “natural” are not good for you.
No Current Regulation
Some words are regulated on food labels, such as “organic.” If a food is sold in the United States as organic, it has to meet certain requirements for growing, such as no use of synthetic pesticides. Unfortunately, the word “natural” has no such conditions. It’s like the word “tasty.” Any food seller can use it, even if their food tastes anything but tasty. The definition of “natural” depends on the food manufacturer. The FDA is currently planning on regulating the word “natural” but so far plans have stalled.
Problems With Production
There have been more food recalls than ever due to problems with making or packaging foods. For example, Cheerios recently voluntarily recalled some cereals because they were in boxes labeled “gluten free” when in fact there was plenty of gluten in the cereal. Other recalls have been due to spoiled vegetables being sold, foods with glass or plastic pieces and foods that contain dirt. Dirt and bacteria are natural but not recommended in any dietary regimen.
Food allergies are on the rise in children. These allergies are to foods many consider about as natural as you can get — milk, wheat, nuts and eggs. Although many children outgrow these allergies by the time they turn 16, the rest become adults with food allergies. There have also been sudden onsets of food allergies in adults for unknown reasons. For some reason, natural foods like milk and eggs seem to turn on these older people.
Problems of Trust in the Food Industry
Americans have reasons to be leery of foods from large food conglomerates. Whenever consumers get a chance to try products from smaller food companies, they will try them. Consumers also wonder how many resources were used, what else is made inn their factories and if animal products are used. It’s easier to get information from smaller companies such as the food info from Hampton Creek on it’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.