Whole foods; foods grown or processed with a minimum of refining, additives, preservatives, hormones, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides; often but not necessarily organic.
These foods are minimally processed and contain no artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives or sweeteners.
This term generally refers to food or food products which are minimally processed and remain as close as possible to their whole, original state. Because they are less tampered with, natural foods are generally more nutritious than their refined counterparts.
Usually identified as foods that are either unprocessed or organically grown, or that contain products that are unprocessed or have been organically grown.
Foodstuffs that are organically grown without the use of pesticides and/or are unprocessed and are higher in vitamin content.
Ideally, food or food products that have been minimally processed and remain as close as possible to their whole, original state. However, no standard definition for this term exists except when applied to meat and poultry products. The USDA defines "natural" meat as free from artificial flavoring, colors, chemical preservatives, or synthetic ingredients, but the claim does not have to be verified. 7-Up is advertised as "all-natural," even though it contains high-fructose corn syrup, which is not found in nature.