Big companies really know how to market. Saying things like "all natural" and "grass fed." Sounds great, right? What if I told you these mean nothing. Label reading can leave a consumer really frustrated. The issue is the guidelines from the FDA are not strict at all. Companies can say almost anything to make their product sound healthy. Here are some things you should know:


1) All Natural: this means absolutely NOTHING. Anyone can call their product natural. To a consumer this sounds good as if the product is free of anything artificial. Very untrue. If Coke a Cola wanted to call their product natural, they can-and we all know that is a complete lie. A product that calls themselves natural is most likely not.

2) Grass Fed: unfortunately, this is not what you think. Ready for this? An animal can be grass fed for a day and by FDA rules they can call their product grass fed!! Ridiculous, I know. If you really want to know what is going on with your meat, go to a local farmer and find out if they grass feed for the whole life span or just a few days. 

3) Cage Free: this is the same thing. A chicken can roam free for a day and technically be allowed to call their eggs cage free. I have done a lot of research on this and Vital and Pete and Gerry seem to be pretty legit companies. They actually allow their chickens to roam for the lifespan. 

4) Sugar Free: FALSE. Anything that says sugar free is filled with artificial sweeteners. Stay far away, it is all chemicals. 

5) Fat Free: same deal. All artificial and they use fat substitutes. GROSS.

Advice...stay SIMPLE. Stick to real food your body will recognize. Do some research on eggs and meat. Listen, you need to put your trust into someone, whether it is a butcher, farm or super market. Just make sure you do some searching and find someone you are comortable buying from. 

Alesha Lazan