What does Clean Label Food really mean?

by Bryan Kramer
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With obesity, diabetes, and overall poor health skyrocketing in our society, the search party is out on what are some of the major causes. The medical community has found ingredients in food such as trans fats and high fructose corn syrup that are the source of many of these health issues. With ailment causing ingredients so common in every day foods we are left hungry and searching for clean, healthy, alternative foods for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Clean label foods are a growing trend in the United States, originating in Europe in the mid 2000’s. This movement includes consuming foods with a smaller, more natural list of ingredients that contain no additives or preservatives. They are minimally processed foods that are easily understood and a staple in your kitchen pantry.

Surprisingly, there are no federal guidelines for what a Clean Label Food actually is. But, many private organizations are coming up with their own guidelines to help consumers get a handle on what it is to be a Clean Label Food. Check here for a list of the top 10 additives to avoid in your food and recipe selections.

Sadly, some major food manufacturers are choosing profit over consumer health, and disguising well known unhealthy ingredients with new names, or others that are very similar and equally as dangerous. An article from Natural Society (http://bit.ly/1T5n9eP) discusses how the lack of high fructose corn syrup is being used as a marketing tactic to sell foods as “natural” but is being replaced with products that are very similar and just as harmful. Fortunately there are many companies working toward truthful and complete labels. Clean Label Foods are the future of our food industry in the United States.

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