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Read labels: Here’s how to find out if the food products you buy are truly organic

The demand for organic foods began with fruits and vegetables when there were reports of pesticide residues in them. However, the popularity of organic foods has now extended to food grains, pulses, tea, spices and even oilseeds. “Organic foods have gained popularity because people have become aware of their benefits. They contain no chemical pesticides and fertilizers and are grown naturally with manure or compost and only natural pesticides and insecticides are used,” said Dr. Saurabh Arora, MD (Auriga research and Director at Arbro Pharmaceuticals) and Founder of Food Safety…

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​Don’t just rely on labels if you want to eat healthy

Don’t just rely on labels if you want to eat healthy (U.S. Department of Agriculture/ Flickr) The label on a packaged snack may not always give you the authentic information on whether the food is good for your health. For example, a popular health drink claims it contains “pro health vitamins”, but the label suggests that it has 71 gms of sugar for every 100 grams.This sugar content is actually 57% of the recommended daily intake limit. A new study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released on Friday…

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Teens less likely to purchase beverages with health warning labels

Soft drinks and other sugary drinks that include health warning labels are less likely to be purchased by teenagers, a study has found. In the study, researchers used an online survey to gauge the beverage selections of more than 2,000 participants aged 12-18 and from diverse backgrounds. The beverages included either no label at all, or one of five warning labels — one featuring calorie content, and four displaying a variation of warning text. “The average teen consumes at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day, which could account for more…

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