User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


43° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Organic Vs. Natural Foods

April 17, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Organic Vs. Natural Foods
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Have you ever purchased an item at the grocery store simply because it was labeled as being "natural"? Chances are, you probably figured it was healthier or contained no artificial ingredients. But that's not necessarily true.

Meagan Hemingson tries to choose healthy foods for her two-year-old son, Theoden, and herself. That includes limiting the amount of artificial ingredients in the foods they eat.

"We make our budget so that we can afford this even if we have to cut out other, more fun things, so that we can eat healthy," Hemingson said.

Hemingson has studied up on food labels, but fears many mothers in her shoes might be misled.

"If something is natural, they think it's a step up from the product next to it. That's not true," Hemingson said.

And there is a difference between "organic" and "natural" food items.  While the USDA regulates what can be labeled as "organic," it doesn't regulate what's labeled as "natural."

"Natural right now is kind of a marketing term, so something can be pegged as being all natural and still be full of pesticides or chemicals or additives, preservatives, those kinds of things," Co-op Natural Foods Chef Lori Warren-Blechinger said.

Chef Lori Warren-Blechinger says the best way to tell whether a food labeled as "natural" is really "all-natural" is to look at the ingredients.

"If there are ingredients on there that you can't pronounce or that you don't know what they are, you should leave it on the shelf," Warren-Blechinger said.

That is something Hemingson now does because she prefers to eat mostly "organic" foods.

"We do really support local produce. Even if it's not organic, if it's grown locally, we can talk to the growers and know it's pretty much organic, just without the license," Hemingson said.

Warren-Blechinger also says if you have questions, don't be afraid to contact the company that made the product to find out more.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Meth Making A Comeback

10/21/2014 6:13 PM

South Dakota officers have already taken more meth off the streets this year compared to all of last year.  And last year the state saw a record ...

Full Story | Watch
Manning Helps Spearfish Teenager In Brain Cancer Recovery

10/25/2014 6:00 PM

A freshman at Spearfish High School had his dream to meet Denver Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning come true earlier this month.

Full Story | Watch
Getting A Second Opinion Right Away

10/20/2014 6:10 PM

After getting an opinion from one doctor, Bonnie and her husband came to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls to get a second opinion.

Full Story | Watch
Supporting Others In A Moment Of Loss

10/24/2014 6:19 PM

Amanda Nytroe's pregnancy story started similar to many others.

Full Story | Watch
Some New Yorkers Showing Fears Of Ebola

10/24/2014 11:03 AM

Officials in New York City are trying to tamp down fears of Ebola, after a doctor was diagnosed with the disease. But some New Yorkers aren't taki...

Full Story


Events