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Natural food labeling vs. Organic food labeling

In Natural Foods, Organic, Organic Product Reviews, Organic vs Non-Organic, Reading Ingredients and Labels, Reading Nutrition Labels on September 11, 2013 by organicconversion

Remember, “natural” food is not the same thing as USDA Organic. Take a look at these Wal-mart fruit bars…(Yes, I found out only later that these are only sold at Wal-mart & Sam’s Club and are not really a regular brand. That would have changed my buying decision, but too late now).

ImageI recently bought these at Wal-mart…looking for a better option that isn’t so expensive as the one I usually buy. I know, big mistake. First, notice the 100% natural on the box…that does not mean organic!

The one we got was the “Caribbean Mix” frozen fruit bar.

Ingredients: Strawberries, Pineapple, Mango, Passion Fruit, Coconut Flakes, Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Stabilizers (Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Citric Acid.

The ingredients look okay though the stabilizers really aren’t great for you. Carrageenan is a derivative of seaweed. Some studies indicate that it can cause cancer in animals. People can also be allergic. It can irritate the bowel. You can read more about it online at Charis Holistic Center where there are some nice articles on it.

Really, if you look at the nutrition label these are pretty much just sugar.

ImageWorse than all that, they tasted like rotten fruit! We threw them away. My kids are not picky either, they tasted that gross. Save your money and spend a bit more on the good stuff or freeze your own fruit pops.

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