Cooking oil might seem like one of the more benign foods in supermarkets these days, but a class-action lawsuit doesn’t think so: A class-action suit filed in June in California is taking ConAgra to court for labeling Wesson oils’ as “100 percent natural.” The plaintiff says that he trusted the label as a customer, only to find out that they use genetically modified organisms in their products. But the takeaway here isn’t just to avoid canola oil; it’s that the label “natural” actually has zero regulation.
And it’s not only ConAgra that’s using the misleading label—according to the Center for Food Safety, “Upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves — from soda to soup, crackers to condiments — contain genetically-engineered ingredients.” And in fact, there are plenty of manufacturers pitching their “natural” foods to customers, despite using ingredients that—if not GMO—are far from our idea of healthy or unprocessed. The reason? The FDA doesn’t clearly define “natural,” so companies can pretty much use it however they want. And if our roundup of “natural” products with slightly questionable ingredients is any evidence, many companies do.
Check out the “natural” foods below, and rethink your labels: