Healthy Tips from Tony’s Fresh Market

Posted on June 6th, 2019

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GLUTEN FREE

Eating a gluten-free diet is the only option for those diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that results in an inability to break down the proteins found in gluten. However, eating gluten-free is a healthy option for anyone. Especially since most pre-packaged, fatty foods contain gluten.

Here at Tony’s, we make eating gluten-free easy! Whether you have Celiac Disease or are simply looking to make healthier food choices, we can help you out!

  • Rudi’s Gluten Free Items
  • UDI Gluten Free items
  • Amy Kitchen
  • Earth’s best organic Baby Food
  • PopCorners chipsBrads Organic
  • Kinnikinnick Brand
  • Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mixes
  • Righteous Organic Coffee
  • OMG Gluten Free
  • Tony's Hams
  • Pacific Organic Foods
  • Flamous Gluten Free Falafel Chips
  • Glutino
  • Rizopia Pasta
  • Muir Glenn Tomatoes
  • Gerber Organic Baby Food
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Annie’s Organic
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Cereal
  • 100 Organic Tea
  • Farmo Pasta
  • Schar Gluten Free
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Vegetables
  • Natures Path Organic Foods
  • Sam Mills Pasta
  • Vans Waffles and Pancakes
  • Delallo Organic Pasta
  • Bear Naked Granola
  • Hodgson Mills Pasta
  • Alexia Gluten Potatoes
  • Libby’s Organic Beans
  • Kind Granola
  • Hodgson Mills Flour Mixes
  • Chappaqua Gluten Free Granola
  • Eden organic
  • Organic Valley

ORGANIC PRODUCE

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

ORGANIC OR NOT? CHECK THE LABEL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed.

Any product labeled as organic must be USDA certified. Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification; however, they're still required to follow the USDA's standards for organic foods.

If a food bears a USDA Organic label, it means it's produced and processed according to the USDA standards. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it.

Illustration of the USDA organic seal

Products certified 95 percent or more organic display this USDA seal.

Products that are completely organic — such as fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods — are labeled 100 percent organic and can carry the USDA seal.

Foods that have more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, can use the USDA organic seal plus the following wording, depending on the number of organic ingredients:

  • 100 percent organic. To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.
  • Organic. Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term.

 

Products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but may not use the seal. Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can't use the seal or the word “organic” on their product labels. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however.

DO ‘ORGANIC' AND ‘NATURAL' MEAN THE SAME THING?

No, “natural” and “organic” are not interchangeable terms. You may see “natural” and other terms such as “all natural,” “free-range” or “hormone-free” on food labels. These descriptions must be truthful, but don't confuse them with the term “organic.” Only foods that are grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled organic.

Sources:

1. Mayoclinic.com
2. United States Department of Agriculture

 

Healthy Eating | June 6th, 2019