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5 Options Among The Growing Number Of Organic Fast Food Chains

The organic label has been around in the USA since 1973, and early proponents swore the standard would grow rapidly. While their timing was off, predictions of organic pioneers finally started paying off over the last decade as more consumers sought organic products both for their health and for the environment. Organic farmers now command higher prices for produce and meat than their conventional counterparts, and the supply is becoming large enough to make retail costs affordable for the average consumer. Additionally, several restaurant chains have started offering organic items on the menu. Depending on where you live, it may even be possible to indulge in fast food without compromising on your organic principles. If consumers keep coming back to the following options, growth will continue.

Whole Foods To-Go

With stores in most continental states and Canada, Whole Foods has been providing customers with an organic version of the familiar Chinese take-out buffet. A favorite for corporate lunch breaks, gourmet recipes using organic and otherwise healthy ingredients are sold by weight in convenient to-go containers. Meals may include deli sandwiches, pizza, burgers, or sushi, among others. Most stores also feature a dining area. The food is priced favorably compared to the costs of purchasing and preparing (Read More....)

How to Find the Best Organic Food Products

Finding the best organic food products can be a challenge. But, with due diligence and a dogged refusal to take anything for granted, you can make wise choices when purchasing organic products. Here are nine tips for ensuring the quality of the organic products you buy:

1. Look for the USDA Certified Organic seal on the food label. Seeing the word “Organic” on the label isn’t enough. According to the National Organic Program’s Organic Standards, products bearing the USDA Certified Organic seal must contain at least 95% percent organic ingredients.

2. Look beyond the food manufacturer’s front-label claims. An article in Organic Lifestyle Magazine, entitled, “How to Read and Understand Food Labels: Ingredients to Avoid,” cautions readers, “The first thing to remember when it comes to reading labels is to read the whole thing. Ignore labels on the front of the packaging that say natural or organic. Read the actual ingredients.” The ingredient label should state which ingredients are organic.

3. Make sure the products contain zero trans-fats: hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Partially hydrogenated fats are, in fact, even worse, health-wise, than fully hydrogenated fats – a fact that would seem rather counterintuitive. Adding trans-fats to organic products (Read More....)