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When Is All Natural Really Natural?

We all feel better when we eat well. But did you know that not all ‘all natural foods’ are equal? Consumers need to be careful about what they’re actually buying.

Many companies (especially producers of beef and chicken) are now becoming more clever with their product labeling to create an illusion that their food is ‘healthy’ or ‘all natural,’ when in reality it’s anything but. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that most of the chicken sold in the U.S. is ‘plumped up’ with salt, water and even seaweed extract. Surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says chicken processed this way can still be labeled ‘all natural’ or ‘100% natural’ because those are natural ingredients, even though they aren’t naturally found in chicken.

So-called enhanced or “plumped” chicken has between 200 and 400 mgs of sodium per serving, almost as much as a serving of fast-food french fries. If you’re trying to watch your sodium to cut your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, it pays to stay away from this unneeded salt intake.

Why do these companies include these additives? The answer is money. Chicken is sold by the pound, and added saline increases its weight and the company’s profits.

Unlike those other companies, here at Service Foods, when we say ‘all natural’ we mean ‘all natural.’ We never add water, salt or (yikes!) seaweed to our chicken or other proteins. You get quality meats and poultry that are hormone, chemical, preservative and salt-free. To us, that’s nature at its best.

The bottom line is not all ‘all natural’ food is created equal, but you can have confidence knowing you’re getting the best, most wholesome food available from Service Foods.
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