Dr Oz: Is Free Range Worth the Money?
Dr. Oz discussed the shocking horse meat scandal that recently rocked Europe as well as the potential for that type of fraud to occur here in the United States. Now find out what labels to avoid at the grocery store and which ones are worth the extra money!
Dr Oz: What Does “Cage-Free” Mean?
Dr. Oz introduced Urvashi Rangan from Consumer Reports who shared tips to help you understand food labels so you can be sure you are getting what you expect at the grocery store. She shared some of the most misleading marketing buzzwords that are used to fool consumers and Dr. Oz admitted they even fooled him.
Beware of the word “Natural” on a food label – Urvashi Rangan told Dr. Oz it is not worth it to invest the extra money in a product labeled as natural because it does not mean what you may think it does. While it does mean that nothing artificial was added to the meat during the packing process, it does not have anything to do with how the animal was actually raised, what drugs it may have given or whether it ever saw sunlight on any given day.
Beware of “Cage-Free” or “Free-Range” – These are tricky marketing words are used to make you think you are getting a product than you really are not. Urvashi explained that free-range simply means the animal was given the option of going outside, but that does not mean it actually ever did. Cage-free is another misleading term because it simply means the animal could have stepped out of its cage, but could have then still been confined in a barn and even stepping in its open poop.
Look for “Animal Welfare Approved” – This is considered the gold standard label for meat because it has to be verified before the sticker can be placed on the product. The animals have to be free of antibiotics and other drugs and there are even space requirements for where the animals are raised. Urvashi says this is a very unusual label because someone literally goes to the farm to verify the conditions the animal is being raised in before giving an approval.
Look for “100% Grass Fed & Organic” – Urvashi Rangan says this is the best place to spend your extra money because it guarantees you a high quality meat that was raised humanely and fed what it was meant to eat, like cows eating actual grass instead of corn-based food.