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Buying Organic

Is that organic food really, well, organic?

Mayo Clinic News Network | 7/14/2013, 1 p.m.
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Organic foods: What the labels mean

If you’re interested in buying organic food products, make sure you understand the labels and what they mean:

  • 100 percent organic. This means the product is completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. These may carry a small U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic seal.
  • Organic. This means that at least 95 percent of the ingredients are organically produced. These products can also carry the USDA seal.
  • Made with organic ingredients. This means that the food product contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients. These can’t carry the USDA seal.