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Next, whether you’re shopping at a supermarket or a farmer’s market, here are the 9 signs of a high-quality, healthy food:

1. It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)

2. It’s not genetically modified, and contains †NO GM ingredients

3. It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs

4. It does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives

5. It is a whole food, and this means it will not have a long list of ingredients (for instance, high-quality almond butter should contain almonds (preferably raw) and maybe sea salt — no added oils, sugars, etc.)

6. It is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh local conventional produce, the latter is the better option)

7. It did not come from a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)

8. It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)

9. It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

When you keep these principles in mind when you shop for food, the definition of the word “natural” on a label becomes a moot point. You needn’t rely on buzz words and other “green” marketing tricks to determine a truly healthy food. Instead opt for the freshest foods in the least processed and least altered forms, and this will almost always be the healthiest choice.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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8:26AM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Wow, just when I thought I knew it all, I keep learning more!

9:22AM PST on Jan 15, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

9:28PM PST on Jan 6, 2015

noted

5:10AM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Thanks for sharing

5:29AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

Ty

5:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

Ty

8:02PM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Labels should definitely be accurate, or what's the point, except to mislead on purpose.

1:06AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Noted- thank you

6:22PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

I never use anything but coldpressed organic extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil to cook in. Fortunately we have very few gmo's in Australia and those are all clearly labelled as per our strict labelling laws


6:21PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

I never use anything but coldpressed organic extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil to cook in. Fortunately we have very few gmo's in Australia and those are all clearly labelled as per our strict labelling laws.

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