'All Natural' is Totally Healthy, Right?

Have you seen the Ginger Ale commercial where they pull the cans out of the ground, roots attached and all? I mean, it’s so close to a vegetable with all that ginger, right? Or what about Capri Sun,Tyson Chicken Nuggets, or any number of products labelled 'all natural'. Let's take this one step at a time and break down the labels: 

100% Organic = 100% organic. Clearly.

Organic= 95% organically produced ingredients.

Made with Organic Ingredients= Contains at least 70% Organic Ingredients.

All Natural= Jack sh**.

According to the FDA’s website-“From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is 'natural' because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives…”

Deciphering labels isn’t easy, and marketing teams get paid buku bucks to get you to pick up those all-natural granola bars. If the outside of the box said “contains so many toxic chemicals, pesticides and enough sugar to fill a school bus we aren’t sure you can eat the whole box without a lot of anal leakage”, would you still buy it? But slap on the ‘all-natural’ claim and voila you have a consumer. I get that you try so hard to be healthy but if you’re going to the effort, why not just take this little extra step…


 I love the way the video below parody’s the claim and it’s a funny way to let you know that your effort to buy ‘all natural’ is not much more than a marketing campaign. Any food product making this claim has little else to market and in all likelihood is not.

What foods should you spend your money on? There’s a big fat obvious answer, especially for those of you with troubled tummies, but I’m pretty sure you’re still annoyed at me for telling you Oreo’s didn’t come from the ground. Here are a few options for those beginner, intermediate and advanced folks. Some days you might say screw it and want to be a beginner, but please try most days to be the advanced. Your digestion, energy, weight and overall mood will thank you for eating ‘more- natural’! Click on the links to the items below. 


-Annie's Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies, Back To Nature Cookies Peanut Butter Creme, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps® Deli Style Sesame, Kind Plus Bars


-Mary's Gone Crackers Love™ Cookies Chocolate Chip, Veggie-Go's Organic Chewy Fruit & Veggie Snacks, GimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks Sea Salt, Wonderfully Raw Mini Coco-Roons Organic, Absolutely Gluten Free Flatbread Everything, Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips Blue Chips, Angies Artisan Treats Organic Boom Chicka Pop® Popcorn


Notice no links here? Anything without a label or less than three ingredients. In short, the perimeter of the grocery store.

*Hey companies, if you want me to dissect your label and taste what you make then send me a sample and I’ll be happy to munch away.