Dr Oz, What Cage Free, Grass Fed, Free Range Foods Really Means

Dr. Oz Discusses The Meaning Of “Cage Free”, “Grass Fed”, “Free Range”, and “Animal Welfare Approved” Foods

During the previous segment Dr. Oz talked about the horse meat fraud that occurred throughout 21 European countries and the potential of this scandal spreading to the United States.  During this segment Dr. Oz talks about what the labeling terms “Cage Free”, “Free Range”, “Animal Welfare Approved”, and “Natural” really means so you can make the best decisions the next time you head to the grocery store.

Dr. Oz invited a woman on to the show from Consumer Reports named Urvashi Rangan to talk about how to understand the confusing labeling that you often see in the meat and eggs section of the grocery store.  She said that some of the labeling “terms” are mere buzzwords intended to fool the consumer.  Here is what she had to say about the following terms :

What Does The Word “Natural” Mean On Meat Labels?

Urvashi Rangan explained to Dr. Oz that “Natural” doesn’t mean what you may think.  It’s a buzzword that merely means that nothing artificial was added to the meat.  It doesn’t tell you how the animal was raised, what drugs or hormones it may have given, or if it was ever even let outside.

Is It Worth It To Spend The Extra Money On “Cage Free” or “Free Range” Foods?

Urvashi Rangen said that “Cage Free” or “Free Range” are two more misleading labels that are intended to fool the consumer.  These terms simply mean that the animal could step outside of the cage but still may have been packed in an enclosed barn with other animals without hardly any room to move.

You Should Buy Meat Products That Are Labeled “Animal Welfare Approved”

Urvashi explained to Dr. Oz that this is the label that you want to look for when you are shopping for meat.  This label means that the animals weren’t given any antibiotics or other drugs.  It also means that there are “space requirements” that have to be met so you can be assured that the animals were at least allowed to move around more freely when they were being raised.  She said that you don’t see this label often because an inspector has to go to a farm personally to make sure the conditions are being met.

Look For Labels That Say “100 Percent Grass Fed & Organic”

Urvashi Rangen explained to Dr. Oz that if your going to spend extra money on a meat product, this is the label that you want to look for.  This means that it has been verified that the animals were raised in a humane way.  You can be assured it’s a high quality meat because the animals are fed grass rather than corn based food grains.