You’ve probably heard of “eating clean” but do you really know what that means? What’s involved when people say they’re eating clean and are they really?
Sarah Toland, the editorial director of EatClean.com said that “eating clean means paying attention about what’s really in your food. You know where it comes from, what kind of soil it was grown in, what pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals were added to it, how it got from the farm to your table.” Seems like a lot of things to keep track of.
Many might think that this means that eating organic foods is the way to go. What is organic? Well, the USDA has strict guidelines for what can be categorized as organic.
For organic fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables:
- Land must be free of banned pesticides and fertilizers for 3+ years
- Farmers cannot use sewage sludge to fertilize foods
- Using ionizing radiation to kill bacteria is forbidden
- Genetically modifying the DNA of crops is prohibited
For meat and poultry:
- Animals must have access to outdoors
- Producers cannot treat meat with ionizing radiation
- Animals are not allowed growth hormones or antibiotics
- Birds must eat 100% organic feed
- Hens feed has no by-products
- No antibiotics can be given to the hens
- The cows have outdoor access
- Hens cannot be given antibiotics
- Cows must eat 100% organic foods at least a year before milking
- No antibiotics or growth hormones can be given to the animals
- The “100% organic” official label can only be used if all the ingredients are organic
- The word organic means 95% of all ingredients are organic
- Mad with organic “_____” means that the product used must be 70% organic or higher
Ultimately, eating organic is the easiest way to know where your food is coming from and what goes in it, but if you can figure out this information on your own and you trust it, then eating clean is going to be very easy for you!