Food Label Terminology 101

Today labels on food products use a lot of different key words and phrases to indicate health benefits to their product. We have all seen the “cage free” declaration on eggs, or the “all natural” proclamation on various items throughout the grocery store. Now many of you may be thinking, ” Well the FDA monitors that.”, and yes that logic is correct. The FDA does have strict requirements as to the ingredients that must be listed, as well as the truthfulness of any claims made on the label. But that does not keep food production companies from using other phrasing to allude to health benefits of their product. Meaning if an item does not say Kosher, Organic, or GMO- Free then it is not. These words and certifications are not synonymous with any other phrase in the food industry. So do not be fooled by the bait and switch done in regards to product labeling, get yourself informed in regards to the information being presented by these labels. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions, just do not let any one fool you into believing what is not true. The picture illustrates big differences between foods that are “natural” and foods that are Organic….amazing isn’t it?


Is the Organic movement Growing?

Simple answer seems to be yes! According to the article that is linked in this blog the American people are finally starting to seek out organic food options. Despite all the unhealthy choices and the price of organic goods people are still attempting to feed themselves and their families the more healthier options. This article also highlights some issues that remain like the fact that some people are not eating Organic due to them not having access to organic products. Meaning we need more organic foods widely distributed to mass chain grocery stores, this is probagbly easier said then done. But take a look at the article and keep an open mind as to what we all can do to educate our loved ones on the benefits or eating organic as well as how we can make sure organic food is available to all.

The GMO Controversy

There is so much going on in the world today that we often take for granted the simple things. Now that GMO’s have been on the front lines of the media, it is safe to say our food is not something we can take lightly. There are many conflicting ideas on the effect of GMOs on our food and ultimately to our bodies. But before you can take a side you have to know the information. De La Rosa Foods & Vineyards is all about making sure our all of our customers are educated on the healthiest and most benefital foods. So please take a look at an article we came across, and see what you can take from it. Also don’t just take our word for it, research and accumalate your own information. As a company De La Rosa only provides always Kosher and Organic whenever possible products, meaning all of our products are GMO free! Alot of factors go into being healthy but every journey begins with the first step, your first step here is to get all the information you can before you form your opinion on GMOs, and for those that already have, we want to hear what you have to say. Please feel free to share your veiws with us. Knowledge is paramount!

Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

1. Antioxidant: The antioxidants found in balsamic vinegar destroy the free radicals and as a result, protecting your cells from destruction. The balsamic vinegar has also been seen to slow the process of aging.

2. Fighting Cancer

The grapes that are used in the formation of balsamic vinegar contain quercetin, an antioxidant and vitamin C. Together they strengthen your immune system thereby making it easy for you to fight infections inflammations and even cancer.

3. Reducing Heart Attack Risk

Since balsamic vinegar contains low cholesterol, low sodium and saturated fat, it will improve your heart health because unwanted fats won’t deposit in your blood vessels.

4. Digestion Promotion

Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols which stimulate the pepsin enzyme activity in your body that helps break down proteins into amino acids. Efficient absorption of amino acids makes it easy for your body to utilize, repair and build cells. It also helps in the maintenance of the body’s work.

5. Weight Loss

Balsamic vinegar can also be used as dressing for salads hence a wonderful substitute for fatty acids like mayonnaise.

Balsamic vinegar is also known to keep you feeling full and for longer, which means eating less!

6. Diabetes Control

Research conducted revealed that consuming about three to four balsamic vinegar tablespoons will enhance your insulin sensitivity. The higher your insulin sensitivity is, the better your chances of controlling diabetes.

7. Bone Health

Acetic and pepsin help improve the absorption of important minerals into your body like magnesium and calcium. These two minerals are important in the formation of strong and healthy bones. Balsamic vinegar is a great source of both minerals.

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