Health busters: What do terms like 'cage-free' really mean?

- Organic, cage-free, non-GMO -- Can you trust the claims you see in the grocery store? And what should you grab if you want to clean up your diet?

Doctor Jamin Brahmbhatt says that when it comes to your health, some of these terms can mean next to nothing.  He says that "the word natural mentally makes you think 'oh, this is probably good for me because it's naturally coming from the Earth,' but the reality is that it's just naturally coming from that marketing company's head."

Doctor Brahmbhatt also says that other terms are loaded. For example, 'cage-free' or 'free-range' could mean what it sounds like at one company, but there is little actual regulation on the term. He says that "free-range could mean anything. They could be walking on the grass for one minute or they could be walking on that grass for an hour or all day, we just don't know."

Some terms do mean something very specific though, like gluten free. These terms only benefit those with real medical needs. 

Even 'fat-free' and 'sugar-free' are not a free pass to good health. Doctor Brahmbhatt says that "It's dairy-free and fat-free, it's only 60 calories, but look you got 16 grams of carbs. You're making it up somewhere, man. There's probably something in there that is not good for you."

Doctor Brahmbhatt says though that there is an easy bottom line to decoding food labels though. He says to just look at the right label. The nutrition facts -- calories, sugar, carbs, the science of food -- is what matters. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about what is best for your body. The other stuff may not help you on your path or push to you to be a better you. 

 

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