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Does Organic Mean All-Natural? Not Exactly — Here's the Difference Between the Labels


You’ll be happy to know that you are not the only person wondering: Does “organic” mean the same thing as “all-natural”? The thing is, a lot of this environmentally friendly and non-toxic lingo is being discovered as we go. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the use of the term “organic” on food labels. Similarly, there isn’t much clarity on how the FDA regulates the term “all-natural” or “natural” on food labels either. Shocking, right?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the “natural” label constitutes a food that does not contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, and also indicates the ingredients are minimally processed. However, foods can still be labeled “natural” even if they contain antibiotics, growth hormones, GMOs, and other similar chemicals. In fact, a food containing the label “natural” can even contain high-fructose corn syrup, which adds an unnatural amount of sugar to your diet, increases risk for obesity, and is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.