The word “natural” on a food label may or may not mean anything about how the food was produced or what it contains. This is because no official, United States FDA definition exists for “natural” foods except for meat, poultry, and eggs overseen by the USDA. Natural is defined by the USDA for its products by answering two questions:
(1) Does the product contain an artificial ingredient, a chemical preservative, or any other synthetic or artificial ingredient?
(2) Are the product and its ingredients only minimally processed? Th e product is natural if the answer to the first question is no, and the answer to the second question is yes. The lack of an official definition for “natural” for all other foods and beverages can lead to inconsistent claims and consumer confusion.
And this is an important thing about NATURAL FOODS !