Do you know what these food labels really mean?

Do you know what these food labels really mean?
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If eating better is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, do you know what the labeling on the food you buy means?

Here’s a look at some common labels you’ll see in grocery aisles…

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Mass-market labels

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This is one of the most common labels you’re likely to encounter!

As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this label means the product contains 95% or more organic ingredients.

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food labels organic groceries

The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit with the stated goal of ‘building and protecting a non-GMO food supply.’

The Non-GMO label indicates that the product has gone through third-party verification to ensure that it contains no genetically modified organisms.

While Europeans are generally more tolerant of GMOs, Americans have been up in arms about them. There’s been a real debate among scientists about if we should worry about GMOs or not.

Some folks argue GMOs offer a safe food option to feed a growing world population. But many U.S. consumers have decided that GMOs are bad.

In 2015, Chipotle became the first major restaurant chain to go 100% GMO-free in all the food it serves.

Retailer-specific labels

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Made with at least 70% organic ingredients.

Retailer: Publix

food labels organic groceriesItems marked with this image have no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors — but they may contain colors from natural sources.

Retailer: Publix

food labels organic groceries

This one is self-explanatory! These items contain no gluten, per the item’s manfacturer.

Gluten is found in wheat and other grains.

Here are 10 gluten-free whole grains you probably weren’t aware of.

Retailer: Publix

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