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Issue 98 | 🤯 Unconfusing food labels.

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Tuesday. Grocery shopping for optimal health is not easy. You walk downthe aisles of your grocery store and it seems like almost everything thesedays is natural, organic, or has some other label claim that would make itseem as though that product is good for you. But deep down, as an educated andcynical consumer, you know that can’t always be the case. So how do you knowwhat label claims to trust and which label claims are full of it? Let’s divein.

Organic, Natural, Non-GMO, Clean, blah blah blah…

Alright. Let’s try our best to unconfuse the very confusing world of healthlabel claims. I am not even sure unconfuse is a word but you know what I mean.Before we get to the solution, let’s give the crux of the problem a label (seewhat I did there?)–cleanwashing. Described by our friends over atMerryfield(more on them in a second) in thispost,cleanwashing occurs when a brand uses clean label terms to make you think aproduct is cleaner, healthier, or better than it really is. An example of thiswould be Kraft Mac and Cheese highlighting on the front of their package thattheir product is now free of artificial colors and flavors. They even have agluten free version! You almost had me there, Kraft, but despite all thoseclaims, packaged Mac and Cheese is a heavily processed food. No bueno. Ok,that example was a little obvious. Here is a more deceiving one. Next time youshop for chicken, turkey, or ham, pay attention to how many brands label theseproducts as “hormone-free.” Sounds good right? You don’t want meat fromanimals given growth hormones. Well, it turns out growth hormones aregenerally only used on beef. The claim means virtually nothing on poultry.Yet, the label claim is a common practice in the space as a marketing tool totrick you into thinking conventionally raised poultry products are healthierthan they really are. Another infuriating example is the label claim,”natural”used on meat products. The USDA allows meat producers to label their productsas natural as long as there are no artificial preservatives added afterslaughter. The claim has nothing to do with how the animal is raised prior toslaughter. That’s right. Your grain fed, antibiotic treated beef raised in afeedlot can be labeled as natural, even though the way it was raised couldn’tbe further from the way nature intended. The solution? There are some labelsthat carry more weight than others. USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project are goodlabels to look for. Despite their loopholes and there being plenty of room forimprovement, they are leaps and bounds ahead of the empty promises behindlabels like “natural.” You should also check outMerryfield andlet them take the guesswork out of untangling the food label claim mess you’llfind when you go grocery shopping. Merryfield is an App that allows you toearn rewards when you shop from verified better-for-you brands that haveproducts that can actually back up their health claims. Want to deep dive?Here is a great piece with more information on the problem Merryfield and cofounderJoe Dickson are looking to solve. You can also catch Joe and hear all abouthis Central Texas goat ranch on thispodcast.

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Are You Tired Of Elon News Yet?

Elon this, Elon that… Dogecoin, Bitcoin, space travel, Tesla, Twitter, SNL… Weget it. The guy is everywhere and it seems everyone has Elon-related news toshare. So why should the Daily Tonic be any exception? We will keep this onebrief though. Tesla filed for a new trademark under restaurantservices. That’sright. Elon wants to turn Tesla charging stations into Sonic-like restaurantsthat serve food while you juice up your electric vehicle. So what is thehealth-related angle to this story? It will be interesting to see what type offood such a forward thinking company will serve. Will they serve regenerativebison burgers that are good for our health and the health of our planet orwill these new charging stations serve canola oil and GMO soy patties coveredin glyphosate? Don’t let us down, Elon.

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