Only this label ensures the product is truly 'organic.'
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We've all seen the labels at the grocery store. There's natural, organic, gluten-free, etc. So which labels really mean something? And do they represent the best choice? The 12 News Defenders are looking out for your health AND your wallet.
When many people go grocery shopping, price is the bottom line. But for others, product purity is important.
"The things they put on products, the pesticides. That's a big concern," one Montgomery shopper told us.
ORGANIC VS. NON-ORGANIC
With organic foods, you avoid those pesticides. But you also pay higher prices. So when is organic worth the cost? We went shopping with Alabama department of public health nutritionist Miriam Gaines to find out.
It's also worth pointing out that organic foods have the same nutrition content as their non-organic counterparts. We looked at organic Quaker oatmeal, for example. It had the same number of calories and fat grams as the regular version.
"Nutritionally speaking, an apple is an apple, is an apple," said Gaines.
Another buzz word these days is 'gluten-free.' But it's also rarely worth the cost UNLESS you have a medical condition.
Gluten is a protein in wheat. So, if after eating wheat, you have digestion problems, an itchy rash or canker sores, or feelings of irritability and/or fatigue, check with your doctor. You may have Celiac disease. If so, a gluten-free diet would be wise.
Another rule of thumb is to simply eat what makes you feel best. There is very little research about gluten. And it's believed some people may be sensitive to gluten even if they don't have Celiac disease.
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