Organic Foods

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In your quest for health I am sure by now you have heard of
Organic foods. There are many different ways to define
"Organic". As of October, 2002, the USDA has implemented a
Certification for all organic foods, which Wikipedia defines as
The following:

"Organic certification is a certification process for producers
Of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In
General, any business directly involved in food production can
Be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food
Processors, retailers and restaurants. Requirements vary from
Country to country, and generally involve a set of production
Standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and
Shipping that include:

O avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs (eg fertilizer,
Pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc) and genetically
Modified organizations;

O use of farmland that has been free from chemicals for a number
Of years (often, three or more);

O keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit
Trail);

O maintaining strict physical separation of organic products
From non-certified products;

O undergoing periodic on-site inspections.

Certified organic producers are also subject to the same
Agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that
Apply to non-certified producer. Being able to put the word
"Organic" on a food product is a valuable marketing advantage in
Today's consumer market. Certification is intended to protect
Consumers from misuse of the term, and make buying organs
Easy. However, the organic labeling made possible by
Certification itself usually requires explanation.

In the US, federal organic legislation defines three levels of
Organics. Products made entirely with certified organic
Ingredients and methods can be labeled "100% organic". Products
With 95% organic ingredients can use the word "organic". Both
May also display the USDA organic seal. A third category,
Containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labeled
"Made with organic ingredients". In addition, products may also
Display the logo of the certification body that approved them.
Products made with less than 70% organic ingredients can not
Advertise this information to consumers and can only mention
This fact in the product's ingredient statement. Similar
Percentages and labels apply in the EU. "- Wikipedia

Things have certainly changed in the field of organic foods and
We should be encouraged but also cautious at the same time. The
Words "natural" and "authentic" are being put on labels of foods
And supplements and should not be misinterpreted as "organic".
This being said, we need to be diligent in learning the facts
And reading the labels very carefully! As you will see very
Soon if not already, some of the commercial grocery store chains
Are starting to tout their "organic" sections, but remember to
Read those labels. Quite often there is not a clear separation
Of certified organic foods and commercial foods in these stores.

Super store Wal-Mart even announced last month that it would
Greatly expand its organic products nationally. We should not be
Surprised at that since the $ 15 billion organic industry has
Grown at least 20% annually for the past 15 years, according to
The Organic Trade Association. "Consumers' awareness and demand
Is now there, "says Howard Solganik, a consultant." The big
Retailers now believe they can sell reasonable quantities of
Organics. "

These changes leave long time organic grocery chain Whole Foods
Executives excited yet concerned. "This is the final sign that
We're not a fad, "says Walter Robb, co-president of Whole Foods
185 stores in 30 states. But he adds: "They're chasing ours
Shadow. We will not be tomorrow what we are today. "He may very
Well be correct. If consumers start buying in commercial stores
Thinking that their new "organic sections" are all safe foods,
They may be sorely mistaken. The incentive to buy at the
Commercial stores is obvious. There are more of them and based
On their high volume, they are able to get better deals on
Pricing. The problem is, these stores will most likely be
Buying products from large manufacturers who are also trying to
Cash in on the rising healthy food demand.

What that means is, you may see more natural "wonder bread" type
Products out there, so make sure you are reading labels to
Ensure that these products still line up with what your body
Needs. As an example, I tell patients to eat whole wheat breads
But many types of bread out there are labeled as wheat but still
Enrich and bleach their flour so you need to read the labels
Carefully and look for those key words.

Enriching involves the stripping out of over 40 vitamins and
Minerals while putting back three B vitamins and iron,
Typically. Hardly enriching by my definition! Bleaching is
Just as it sounds, pouring bleach in with the dough. The food
Industry can give as many reasons as they desire to explain why
They bleach, but the truth is, its BLEACH! Would you pour it on
Your full dinner plates at home? Also, these posts which say
They are made from "wheat" may use hydrogenated oil and high
Fructose corn syrup. Hydrogenated oil is the worst oil you
Could give your body and high fructose corn syrup is not much
Different when absorbed chemically in the body as white sugar or
Sucrose.

I know you are chasing for excellence, and for that I applaud
You! Make sure you take all the information in this article to
Heart. This true info is being shared with you to prevent your
Body from failing, so apply it into your lifestyle! Keep up the
Good work, and I will speak to you again soon.

In health,

Thomas Von Ohlen, MS