What Does 'Organic' Really Mean?

I was standing next to a woman in the supermarket aisle as she was reading the label of a cereal box. She looked up and asked out loud:

"Did you know that the word "organic" has 4 different meanings depending on the label?"

“I wonder if buying organic is really worth the price?”

We have all heard that we should read the labels of the groceries we buy, but it can be confusing. What’s the difference between100% organic or just organic?

Did you know that the word “organic” has 4 different meanings depending on the label?


To the woman’s surprise, (she who didn’t know I specialize in helping people with food allergies and digestion), I gave her a quick rundown.

·      100% organic products contain ONLY certified organic ingredients.

·      “Organic” products must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

·      “Made with organic products”: At least 70% of ingredients must be organic.

·      Products with less than 70% organic ingredients can list specific organic ingredients on the packaging.

So next time you ponder a label, hopefully that helps clarify what organic really means.

Thanks for reading. Our goal is to help as many people as possible. If you know someone who might benefit from this, please forward it.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS

Patrick Giammarise, DC founded the Digestion Relief Center in Chico California to help residents of Northern California live healthier lives naturally.

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