Food manufacturers use a variety of buzzwords on their food labels.

Marketing leads us to believe all of these buzzwords = "HEALTHY”

But do they really?

Often these buzzwords have no scientific-basis, are not regulated by the FDA/USDA and/or have NOTHING to do with the healthfulness of a food.

Here's what these words really mean (or don't mean).

It’s “organic” so it’s healthy

What it really means:

Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are not given antibiotics or hormones

Organic plant foods are produced only with fungicides, pesticides, & herbicides the USDA deems as safe.

"Organic" relates only to how the food is produced and does not automatically make it any more "healthy" than non-organic options

It’s “all-natural” so it’s healthy

What it really means:

This is not an FDA or USDA-regulated term.

No formal definition exists.

However, it generally means the food contains no added color, artificial flavor, or synthetic ingredients.

It’s “sugar-free” so it’s healthy

What it really means:

The product contains <0.5g sugar per serving.

However, it can still be a highly processed food item and contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols.

Also, sugar isn't evil. Plenty of health-promoting foods contain sugar: fruit, whole grains, milk, honey...

It’s “pasture-raised” so it’s healthy

What it really means:

Technically made up by food manufacturers and does not require any 3rd party verification or inspection.

Pasture-raised animals don't necessarily spend their entire lives in a pasture, either.