Many people think that there is no difference between organic and natural food. But this is not true. Organic food refers to food items that are produced, manufactured and handled using certified organic means, such as defined by the USDA under its Organic Food Products Act. Natural food refers to food items that are not altered chemically or synthesized in any form. They are derived from plants and animals. A natural food item is not necessarily organic, and vice versa.
Why do some people prefer natural food while others prefer organic food? Those who believe that synthesizing foods results in loss of nutrients, demand natural foods. Organic food fans want their food to be free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives.
Basic differences in organic foods and natural foods are the following:
Stringent standards for organic food production, handling and processing exist throughout the world. Stringent standards do not exist for natural foods.
A manufacturer is required to follow specified rules and regulations before he can use the organic label. Natural food labels are used freely by manufacturers due to a lack of adequate guidelines.
The demand for organic foods is greater than the demand for natural foods.
There is no evidence to prove that organic food is healthier than non-organic food, but people who prefer organic food feel it is safer than conventional food because chemicals are not used in its production. Other people prefer natural food because they believe that excessive processing of food disturbs their health benefits.
Both organic foods and natural foods are priced higher than non-organic food items.
The shelf life of organic food is more than that of natural food. It can be stored for a longer duration.
Organic food is sold in almost every super market. There are special stores that sell organic food. Organic food can be purchased online as well. Natural food is available in many stores that also sell organic food. Some special stores sell natural food. Many stores selling health food items also sell natural food products.