I think the “natural food” stuff is BS — buncha wacko granola—crunching sandal-wearing hippies ... we like our chicken hormone-laced and extra juicy.
But, the wife is on the pill — so we are consistently anti-natural (with the exception of breasts — in which case, I am extremely pro-natural. Haha.).
But in general you are correct. "Natural" or "Organic" is mostly bunk with the following exceptions.
Chicken- Free range tend to used their muscles more and the meat gains in flavor. They also are older when harvested that also adds to the flavor.
Strawberries- Different breed then what is normally in the store. They do not ship or store well but taste wonderful.
Tomato- Once again a different breed that does not travel or store well.
Everything else pretty much tastes the same no matter if it is organic.
I once thought so, but had the fortune(and sometimes misfortune) of having to eat only food raised/grown, cooked and stored the old fashioned way. No chemicals, processing, freezing, refined grains, refined sugar, etc.
After suffering the first month or so, I realized I never felt better in my life. For nearly 6 months, I didnt have a single day where I felt unusually tired or blah.
Then I (very) distinctly remember having my first greasy fast-food meal after returning to NY. I felt sick throughout my body for about a day and it actually seemed to cloud my brain.
Food production in this country has become too industrialized, powerful and unregulated, IMO. There are too many shortcuts, chemicals and additives that are pressured for approval by the food lobby. I find it sad that its nearly impossible to eat now without ingesting man-made chemicals.
I wish I could eat all natural again but its damn near impossible if you travel often.