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Are Foods Labeled "Natural" Healthier for You?

I have seen some food labeled "natural." What does that mean? Is it healthier?
Are Foods Labeled "Natural" Healthier for You?

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The word "natural" on food products usually means the food has no added color, artificial flavors or other man-made substances. However, the Food and Drug Administration does not have a legal definition for the word "natural." "Natural" food isn't necessarily better for you. Compare the Nutrition Facts labels on foods to learn more about what you are eating.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise April 2017 newsletter (PDF)

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