As farm fresh food becomes more commonplace, consumers are getting more used to it and are also growing more discerning about the quality of the ingredients used.
A new study from the Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences suggests that some of the more popular types of farm fresh foods have less nutritious ingredients and may be less healthy than they appear on the label.
The research suggests that a lot of the popular farm fresh items are made up of processed and packaged food.
“We wanted to find out what’s in the farm fresh ingredients that people don’t even know are there,” said coauthor Michael C. Fagundes, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
“The results showed that there are really a lot more processed and canned ingredients than the farm-fresh ingredients.”
That’s especially true when you consider the fact that farm fresh is one of the easiest foods to make, and most of the products on the market are also very cheap to produce.
“Farm fresh is the perfect example of the consumer that doesn’t think about the food safety risks of what they’re buying,” said Fagun.
Faggington Farm Fresh Farm Fresh, made by the company Cargill, is one popular type of farm-cleaned organic fresh food.
But the company does not make a whole lot of farm organic fresh foods, according to the Cornell study.
Fagsons farm fresh has a few ingredients, including a little bit of wheat, sugar and spices.
“It has a lot in it,” Faguntas told Wired.
But Fagsontown Fresh, another brand by Cargills, has about 1.4 grams of sugar per serving, and has a total of 10 grams of ingredients, which are mostly water and salt.
Figs Fresh, which is made by a smaller company, also has a high sugar content, but the company doesn’t make a lot, according the study.
In fact, the company’s website says, “We don’t sell any GMO ingredients in our products.”
In fact the company makes no GMO-free ingredients, according its website.
Fats and Fruits, which also has an organic brand, has 2.6 grams of added sugar per cup.
Fruits Fresh, Fagson Farm Fresh and Fats are among the most popular farm-cleanable foods, the study found.
The other farm-food products that were identified as farm fresh were salad bars, salad mixes and fruit juices.
The study found that the foods were usually packed with more processed, packaged ingredients, and often did not have the most nutritious ingredients.
The most common farm fresh products, according for the Cornell team, were canned and dehydrated tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, corn, lettuce, sweet potato, broccoli, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and peaches.
A few of the farm products were actually processed, which makes it difficult to tell if the products actually contained all the healthful ingredients listed.
“There’s definitely some stuff in there that’s not good, but it’s not a big deal,” said Jennifer Faguna, a marketing consultant who has worked for Fags, Cargnills and other brands.
“If you’ve been eating farm fresh, it’s probably not a problem.”
Fagunts study, which was published online Monday in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, is based on data from the National Agricultural Health Data System, a database of more than 3.5 million food and ingredient records from more than 1.8 million farms nationwide.
It analyzed the amount of added sugars, salt and water added to the ingredients of more two billion farm fresh and packaged products, including the most common types of farms fresh foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, dairy products, poultry and eggs.
“I think it’s a good baseline for this,” said Cargins assistant professor of food and agriculture science Daniel B. Wojcik.
“What’s really interesting is that in the case of fruit, it looks like it’s much lower in salt than what we’d expect.”
The study did not measure how much salt is added to each product, nor did it look at the health effects of the additives in farm fresh.
Faggings team found that there was about 2.5 grams of sodium in each product.
Fogger, a non-GMO product, has 6.5g sodium per cup, according a company website.
The researchers also found that salt is found in about 20 percent of processed farm fresh vegetables and about 12 percent of fruit juices, compared to only 2 percent of farm raw ingredients.
But when it comes to vegetables, most of those products had no salt added, or had no sodium added at all, according Bagunde.
The team also found salt in about 12% of farm fruit and vegetables, but only about 4% of the processed products.
Foggies researchers also discovered that about 4 percent of frozen farm fresh tomatoes and 2