Clarified – demystifying food terms and trends
September 27th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
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In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on food terminology and trends we're attempting to do the same.

As food writers and reporters, we toss out a lot of terms - sustainable, pescetarian, free-range - and just assume that everyone's on the same page. If they're not, the conversation suffers, and we can't have that, now can we?

Here's a round-up of concepts and words we've explained thus far.

  • How is GMO food labeled?
  • What is “genetically modified” salmon?
  • What is “sustainable” seafood?
  • What does “pasteurized” mean?
  • What do “free-range,” “cage-free” and “organic” mean in terms of eggs?
  • What is a CSA?
  • What is a vegan, pescetarian, vegetarian - and what do they eat?
  • What do and don't Orthodox Jews, Catholics, Muslims and other people of faith eat and why?
  • On the menu next - more on "organic," what "all-natural" means (or not) and...you tell us. Is there something you'd like to see clarified? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll do our best to define.

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    1. J.B.B.

      How can live cultures live in frozen yogurt?

      September 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    2. ANNIE LINN

      The biggest disease in the U.S. is caused by, EATING. We eat too much meat, dairy and animal products. Tons of research shows that these popular foods of a wealthy society clogs our veins, cause inflammatory diseases such as diabeets and cancer. We are fat and sick from cholestrol, a by product of animal consumption.
      It would be nice if you got off the curly fry issue and whisky and told the truth about the agribusiness conglomerates telling us to eat and products which are making us ill and killing us off at young ages, along with the resulting destruction of the environment from animal crap pollution and deforestation to plant foods for factory farm animals.
      Where is the science behind your silly stories, CNN?

      September 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    3. Lisa

      This is awesome!!! People really need to know about food and where it's coming from. Thank you CNN! Keep it coming!

      September 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    4. Charles Foxtrot

      I really like this. Could y'all do an article about Celiac (coeliac) disease and gluten intolerance? My fiance has the former, and I think it'd be cool for people to know what the interesting (and yummy) ingredients and items at the grocery store are.

      September 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    5. Maryxus

      MSG occurs naturally in a number of foods that people have eaten for aeons and stayed healthy. Do some more research.

      September 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    6. jenstate

      Don't forget to check out what MSG means. that's one you will want to avoid. Here is an article about how and why to avoid MSG:
      http://biovedawellness.com/2010/03/msg-an-ingredient-to-avoid-to-stay-healthy/

      September 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Reply

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