Many people assume that a food labeled organic is free of pesticides and chemicals. In order to be classified as USDA Organic or Certified Organic, however, an item must provide an ingredient list and at least 95% of the product must be free of synthetic additives.

When you shop, make sure to read labels. You will not only learn if what you are buying is organic but also other important nutritional information such as salt, sugar, fat, carb, and protein content. The point is not to become extreme in your approach to shopping and eating but to at least know what you are consuming. Then, you can make informed decisions about how to refine your diet to achieve your goals. It’s always best to eat natural foods that are free of pesticides, hormones and other chemicals. You never know how your body will react to additives so why take the chance? The cleaner what you consume is, the purer your body will be! When your body is in good shape, mind and spirit follow!