Organic Food...Latino Style!

With so many new diet and health terms being thrown around, things can get a little tricky. Here’s a handy guide to make your compras a little easier:

Organic

Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or bioengineering. Organic meat refers to animals that haven't been exposed to growth hormones or antibiotics. If you’re trying to stick to an organic diet, school yourself on the different labels because they can get a little tricky. The USDA currently has three categories of "organic":

100% Organic: Made with 100% Organic ingredients

Organic: Made with 95% Organic ingredients

Made with Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMO's (genetically modified organisms)

Click here to see our slideshow of quick & easy Latino organic foods!

Vegetarian/Vegan

A Vegetarian doesn’t eat any meat at all (including poultry, fish and seafood) but will eat eggs and dairy. Vegans are stricter—they don’t eat meat and don’t eat eggs or dairy, either. If you’re going either of these routes, make sure you get Protein from other sources, like beans or tofu.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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