What Does an "Organic" Food Label really Mean?

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I have a lot of people ask me how to tell if a food or food product is Organic.

Simply stated, Organic Produce and other Organic Ingredients are grown without the use of Pesticides, Synthetic Fertilizers, Sewage Sludge, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS), or Ionizing Radiation.

Organic or Pasture-raised Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

It should also be noted that if a food is labeled "Organic" that means it is also non-GMO. It has to be or it doesn't qualify for Organic status.

So, How do you know if a product is Organic?

The USDA has identified three categories of labeling organic products:

1. 100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients.

2. Organic: Made with at least 95% - 99% organic ingredients. The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the NOP. These products may display the USDA Organic seal.

3. Made With Organic Ingredients: Food packaging baring this label must contain 70% - 94% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms). These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal.

-- Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.

What does the USDA Organic Seal really mean?

The USDA Organic seal assures consumers of the quality and integrity of organic products. Organic-certified operations must have an organic system plan and records that verify compliance with that plan. Operators are inspected annually in addition to random checks to assure standards are being met.          

 

Shrimp Saute

SCD, GAPS, AID, AIP, Paleo. Gluten-free, Grain-free

I know, I know, you're all going to want me to post a recipe for this picture.
But, that's what I love about cooking (compared to baking), you don't need a recipe! Just akitchen stocked with fresh, whole foods, and a little experimentation. Try it, see what you come up with.

A few nights ago I had shrimp unthawed and wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them. Then my neighbor called and asked if I'd like some veggies. "Boy, oh, boy, would I."  Fifteen minutes later I was stocked with fresh-from-the-garden Swiss Chard and Tomatoes. I had leftover Spaghetti Squash in my 'fridge and some fresh Broccoli and Basil, too.

This was a one-pan meal - a little butter went into the pan first, then the shrimp, some chopped garlic, the chard, tomatoes, and broccoli. All was seasoned with some Sea Salt, a dash of White Pepper, Basil, and saute'd on medium heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Once on the plate I finished it off with some excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I never cook with this divine oil) and another pinch of Sea Salt. And, Voila! Bon Appetit!    

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It's What's for Dinner (SCD-style)

Around my house we make dinner, every night.

This is pretty typical of how and what we eat -
Good quality protein,
Lots of veggies,
Complex carbohydrate

You can't see it very well, but there's a lovely bunch of spaghetti squash nestled underneath all the tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, bok choy, spinach, and shrimp.

There is no recipe, sorry. On this one, as with most nights, I see what's in the 'fridge and put something together.

You can't go too wrong with garlic, olive oil, and tomatoes as a base.

Copyright @ Elizabeth Roberts Nutrition

Copyright @ Elizabeth Roberts Nutrition

Acidic vs. Alkaline - What does this mean? Why is it important to my health?

There is a lot of discussion on the internet about whether you should have an acidic or an alkaline body for optimal health. But nobody really explains what this means, why it is important to know, or how to help your body achieve its best state.

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Hey!

Thanks for visiting my website - Elizabeth Roberts Nutrition and Blog - Living with IBD.

If you've read through my site then you know I'm living with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) & I'm now a Nutrition Consultant working with others to learn how to improve their "Eating Lifestyle" to live happier, fuller lives.

Welcome to my world. . . I look forward to getting to know and help you.