Food and diet trends are becoming more and more popular. Along with new trends, come new products and new packaging. How these new products are labelled can often be confusing and frustrating to try to understand.
Here are some food trends and how to figure out how they may be labelled.
This term means something different to many different people. Most often, you may see it on a label saying “made with superfoods”. When asked what they think superfoods are, people might say blueberries or acai berries. Salmon and kale may also come to people’s minds.
The problem with this term is that it makes some think these foods are better than others. These foods are healthy and nutritious and great to add to your diet. It’s just important to remember that they don’t have super powers, even though it sounds like they do. Adding them to your diet will give your diet even more health benefits.
I recently wrote about GMOs and what they are, but they present an interesting labelling dilemma, which I mentioned briefly in that post. Many people recognize the Non-GMO Project label with the butterfly that is on many packages.
To make sure you are getting something completely GMO-free, look for this butterfly label, or anything that says Certified Organic Canada.
The use of hormones is also an issue many consumers feel strongly about. In Canada, the agricultural regulations are very strict. There are strict rules about what can and cannot be given to animals that are raised for us to eat.
In Canada, the beef industry is the ONLY industry where hormones are allowed to given to the animals. In Canada, there are six hormones that are approved for use and the government has excellent information about what is allowed and what is not, and why.
In the pork, dairy, chicken, and egg industries, hormones are NOT approved by the government. It is important to know this because there are meat products out there labelled as “hormone-free”. This makes people think hormones were added, when they weren’t.
In this case, other packaging can be a great in helping you determine that what you’re purchasing is hormone-free. All pork, dairy, chicken, and egg products you purchase that say “Made in Canada” will indeed be hormone-free.