It might sound healthier, but on a food label, "natural" means next to nothing. The FDA hasn't defined this term and doesn't regulate its use, so companies can twist its meaning into whatever they want. For example, some will call a food "natural" if it's made with high-fructose corn syrup, since this lab-created sweetener originally comes from corn. Or they'll use "natural" cane sugar instead of refined white sugar, yet the product will be packed with artificial preservatives and other junk.
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