Health-conscious consumers should look for "All-Natural" labels from companies that are members of the All-Natural Food Council of North America. Only products with this label may be considered truly "All-Natural" food options. Five Star Home Foods is a distinguished member of the ANFCNA.
Foods labeled "100% Natural" or "All-Natural" are not always what they claim. The U.S. Department of Agriculture allows chicken to be processed and "plumped up" with water, salt and other chemicals while still being labeled "All-Natural." Although water and salt are natural ingredients, they are not naturally found in chicken, and when they are added to it, the chemical makeup is changed.
Companies add water to increase the weight of raw meats, including beef, chicken and pork. Because meat is sold by weight and water is inexpensive, this increases a company's profits. But, this water becomes the carrier for other additives, such as tenderizers, carrageenan, sodium and other preservatives.
Consumers trying to watch their sodium intake are often unaware of the additives in chicken, which may contain between 200 and 400 milligrams of sodium per serving – equal to a serving of fast-food french fries!
Consumers trying to watch their sodium intake need to be aware that most foods sold in grocery stores today are not "All-Natural," as labeled.