Food

Label Education: Meat

decoding all those stickers that come on your package of burgers

We know looking at labels can be tough. The meat aisle is always one that is a little confusing. Some cuts of meat have like 15 stickers and certifications on them, others have basically nothing. Do all of those little badges really make a difference for what you are bringing home? We went through FDA definitions (not the most fun job, but someone's gotta do it!) to figure out what each label really means and break it down for you.

You might have to prioritize which labels are most important to you, but now you know what each one means and they are all written down in one place. When we are looking at meat in terms of how what we eat can impact our health, we personally think no nitrates/nitrites and organic or no hormones and no antibiotics top the list.

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Surely you have heard the recommendations to choose organic when you can. But, what does that really mean? Are you really getting the benefits that you pay for?

We have done some digging to find out exactly what organic means in different contexts, besides just being free of man-made pesticides. While organic does mean there are a stricter set of regulations, it doesn't necessarily mean pesticides aren't being used. It does mean that the pesticides used come from a vetted list of non-man-made chemicals, which does help assure they are better for your health because many chemical based pesticides have been linked to cancer, infertility, cognitive impairment, and immune system suppression to name a few.

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