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What is the difference between processed and natural foods?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

There is no FDA approved definition of the term "natural" except when referring to meat or poultry. For these products natural refers to minimally processed and contains no artificial additives. Practically all foods are processed in some manner. So saying a food is processed doesn't always mean it is not a healthy food choice. Food is processed for food safety or convenience reasons like shelf life or to make it a quicker to fix product. Our milk is pasteurized which means it is processed to keep it safe from bacteria and does not mean it is not a healthy food choice.

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