Health Food Scams
5 Natural Cereals That Aren’t
Nutritious Living Hi-Lo
Back to Nature
Grape Nuts and Post's "Natural Advantage Line"
Kellogg's Low-Fat Granola
a. Foods with chemical preservatives
b. Foods with artificial sweeteners
c. Foods with added color
Answer: All of them. It's true. When it comes to packaged foods like cereal, the FDA makes no stipulation about the use of the term "natural." Food scientists can cook up anything they want, out of the creepiest of chemicals, and sell it to you as something that’s as natural as rain. (Video: Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden)
Makes you kind of mad, huh?
But here's something even worse: When the Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group, recently analyzed so-called "natural" cereals, it found that not only were many made with ingredients Mother Nature couldn’t pronounce, but they were often contaminated with pesticides and warehouse fumigation-chemical residues, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), and ingredients grown in sewage sludge.
"These companies are using conventional ingredients to produce their 'natural' cereal, most likely produced with pesticides and fumigants," explains Charlotte Vallaeys, director of farm and food policy at Cornucopia. Read on for 5 popular cereals that promote themselves—explicitly or not—as natural.
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