In a word, no. Why? Because the claims made by food manufacturers are not precisely defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In other words, when a food is labeled as "natural", there is no clear definition of what "natural" means. The "healthy" claim is also not clearly defined or is based on outdated beliefs (i.e., all fat is bad for you and therefore any low-fat food is good). Now we know that there are good fats (e.g., unsaturated fats) as well as bad fats (e.g., trans fats). Many low-fat, sugary foods may actually be labeled as "healthy" although we now know that excess sugar is not healthy. In addition, labels such as "wholesome" and "nutritious" are terms that are not regulated by the FDA and are therefore meaningless.
The"natural" claim on food labels does not necessarily mean that the food does not contain artificial ingredients or is pesticide-free. Rather, the "natural" claim is only defined on meat, poultry, and processed egg products (i.e., liquid eggs) and is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this instance, "natural" does mean free of artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives and is minimally processed. But the "natural" claim on most food products is not defined by the FDA. Any food that contains man-made or artificial ingredients in the ingredient list is not "natural" and the labeling is deceptive.
BOTTOM LINE: Always best to be skeptical when a food label contains words such as "natural", "healthy", "wholesome", or "nutritious". Take the food label claim with a grain of salt (no pun intended) and read the ingredients list and nutrition facts label to get the real story of how healthy and nutritious a food really is.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.