13 Foods That Prove The Word "Natural" Has Lost All Meaning

    RIP Natural.

    The word "natural" shows up on a lot of foods, even though it has no official meaning.

    The FDA has been declining to define the term for decades, and the USDA says fresh meats and poultry and all eggs products are "natural" as long as they contain "no artificial ingredient or added color and [are] only minimally processed." This means that basically anything can be labeled as "natural."

    1. Crystal Light Natural Lemonade

    2. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

    There are a lot of reasons to choose almond milk over regular dairy, but consumers should realize that even though it says "all natural," it is still a highly processed product. That means it has a number of highly processed ingredients including added synthetic vitamins and carrageenan, an additive extracted from seaweed, whose safety has been questioned by some scientists.

    3. Peach Mangosteen Snapple

    4. Natural Country Nectars Premium Guava

    Besides water, there is more high fructose corn syrup in Natural Country Nectars Premium Guava than any other ingredient, including actual guava (and even the guava has been processed into "concentrate"). You'll also find common additives like guar gum, processed from guar beans and used in non-food industries including hydraulic fracking, textiles, and construction, and xantham gum, which is made from mixing sugars with a certain strain of bacteria.

    5. Natural Cheetos

    6. Hormel Natural Choice

    7. Butterball Ground Turkey

    8. Walden Farms Salad Dressings

    9. Canada Dry Ginger Ale

    10. Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade

    11. Mott's Medleys

    12. Tyson Fun Nuggets

    13. G2: Natural Gatorade

    Looking for something actually natural? Check the ingredients, contact the company, or take Michael Pollan's advice and only eat something your grandmother would have recognized as food.