Natural, Organic, Vegan, Cruelty - Free, Gluten - Free...What's the Difference?

Victoria Bell

When deciding to go "green" with your body, lifestyle and beauty, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Some products state they are natural, organic, cruelty - free, gluten - free and vegan. What is the difference?

- The FDA considers "natural" to means that the product does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives and the ingredients are only minimally processed. However, they may contain added sugar, trans fat or genetically modified ingredients (GMO). They aren't necessarily organic, grass-fed or free range.

- If you see the "USDA Organic or "Certified Organic" label on your product, the item must have an ingredients list and the contents must be 95% or more certified organic. meaning free of synthetic additives and must not be processed using industrial solvents.

- Vegan means that the product is not derived from an animal or contain animal flesh. The product is plant based only.

- Gluten free diet is a diet does not include the grains wheat, barley, rye or hybrids of these grains.

- Free Range means kept in natural condition with the freedom of movement.

Just know that these terms mean nothing, if you don't read the label and conduct your own research for your specific needs.

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