Organic foods are always a hot topic… everything from the controversy over the benefits of organic, to which fruits and veggies are organic ‘necessities’… the list goes on and on.
One thing I have been guilty of is putting organic products on a pedestal when they sometimes don’t deserve it. Now don’t get me wrong, I still recommend organics with my whole heart and soul, and will continue to buy organic produce and products, but my guilt comes from reading the word “organic” and making assumptions about the rest of the ingredients.
Case in point: While we were out-and-about, my kids asked for “a milk”. I knew they were asking for a Horizon Organic Milk Box, so immediately my answer was, “Sure!” I mean, why not? It’s organic milk after all. But then this caught my eye:
- Horizon Vanilla Reduced-Fat Organic Milk – Sugars: 29g (29 grams of sugar in an 8 oz. milk?!?! Friends, that’s over 7 teaspoons* of sugar!!!)
So, I looked closer at some of my other purchases and here is what I found:
- Stonyfield Organic 6 oz. Fat-Free Peach Yogurt – Sugars: 25g (over 6 teaspoons* of sugar!)
- Cascadian Farm Organic Apricot Fruit Spread – Sugars: 10g (this is for “one tablespoon serving size”, so essentially… there are over 3 teaspoons* of sugar in a 1 tablespoon serving!)
This extra sugar is something NONE of us needs, so my point is this… always look beyond the “organic” label. It’s not necessarily the perfect product just because it has the “magical ‘o’-word!” Sometimes it has what you want, but sometimes there is an “extra” that you don’t.
Be a label reader and read beyond “organic”…
(* To compute the number of teaspoons of sugar in any food product simply divide the number of sugar grams by 4!)