So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days — organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.
- "Natural" or "sustainable" labels have no legal standard. - "Organic" means it's better for the planet, but may not be better for you. - Non-GMO is not organic. The food was still grown with pesticides. - Labels like "Animal Welfare Approved" mean the animals got to live outdoors. - "Fair Trade" products deliver a little extra money to small farmers in cooperatives. - Don't let labels stress you out. When it comes to solving the world's problems, your shopping decisions aren't nearly as important as your political decisions.
Free-Range Food Labels: Can My Groceries Really Help The Planet?
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There are so many food tribes out there — everything from Keto to vegan. We help you understand how to choose a diet approach that's right for you.
We have one big thing to remember: Choose a diet that you can stick with over the long haul. Ask yourself: - What do you like to eat? - Whom do you tend to eat with? - What sort of diet fits comfortably into your life?
Carbs get a bad rap. Here's the science behind why eating too much starch isn't good for you — and smart tips to integrate more slow carbs into your diet.
Here's what to remember: - Not all calories act the same in the body. - Refined carbs quickly turn to sugar in your body. - Focus instead on refined carbs that take longer to digest, like fruits, beans and whole grains. - If you love breads and muffins, save them for the end of your meal.
Kids know what healthy food is, but adults seem to lose their way and make eating just so complicated. We'll help you cut through the nutrition noise and figure out how to eat healthy — without having to think about it too much.