Q: What does "natural" on labels really mean?
Oz Says: Not as much as you probably think. A product doesn't have to be mostly from the earth or healthier to wear that claim. True, it can't contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances (flavor or color ingredients made in a lab), but it could be laden with plenty else, like trans fats, sugar, or pesticides.
To know what you're really getting, use common sense. If something doesn't look healthy ("natural" cheese curls, anyone?), it probably isn't. A reality check takes only a second - flip the package over and read the ingredients. Partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats) and high sugar levels mean move on to something else.
This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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