The Difference Between Natural Foods and Artifical Foods
It's a pretty confusing question. In some cases, the definition of the words on food labels are precise; in others, the words can mean whatever the manufacturer wants.
One of the most popular and most confusing words in use is Natural. There is no federal regulation governing it. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many foods advertising natural contain additives, preservatives, artificial coloring, or other artificial ingredients. The most commonly accepted definition of natural is that the food is minimally processed with no chemicals added -- but deceptions abound. For example, manufacturers frequently advertise a product as featuring natural cheddar cheese. The cheese part may, indeed be natural, but the other ingredients can include additives and preservatives. The only way you can be sure to eat foods that are natural is to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products and fish exclusively.
It is a matter of buyer beware regarding other food features, too. For example, the phrase reduced calories means that the product contains at least on third less calories than similar foods that a person can buy. If the label says low calorie the food cannot have more than forty calories per serving.
A sugar-free food, although it has no sugar, can contain an artificial sweetener that contains calories. If the sugarless food is not low or reduced in calories, the label must state this. A food product may feature no preservatives but might contain other additives such as flavoring or coloring.