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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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9:33PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thanks for this information, plus good comments:)

3:34AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Thank you .

1:45PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Time to ear Organic Raw food !

9:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

thanks for sharing

12:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I either use real organic butter, which is so good for healing the entire GI tract, or coconut oil, since it's the only oil that doesn't promote inflammation; hasn't been GMO'd so far, and doesn't go rancid quickly as the others do.

2:43AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Six pages to wade through! I thought Care2 had stopped this annoying practice.

11:14PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

how to tell which zucchini and which squash?

10:45AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

oils ant oils

7:47AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks , i use olive oil and that is what i am sticking with .

4:26AM PDT on May 31, 2014

The key phrase ( page 2 ):" The main point to remember is that as it stands, in the United States a food can be labeled 100% natural even if it contains GM ingredients."

In Europe these things are banned.

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