What does the phrase all natural mean on a food label?

The terms “all natural” or “natural” on a food label are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or any other regulatory body. This means that the term can appear legally on any food, no matter how or where it was made.

While you can assume that a fresh apple or pint of blueberries is in fact “natural,” take the term with a grain of salt if you see it on a packaged food, especially if the food is being marketed as a  “healthier” version of a familiar junk food.

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