The Organic Advantage: Nourishing Your Health and The Planet

Today, the way we see food has changed. Food aggregators have changed the convenience of eating restaurant food, grocery apps have

changed the way staples are bought at discount vs local Kirana stores and worth a mention, organic staples have made their presence felt. As we become more conscious of our health

and the environment, the demand for organic food has surged. For many of us, "organic staple" is no longer just a buzzword and even though adapted by few of us, it is a promising shift towards a healthier and mindful way of nourishing ourselves.

Organic Staple

Milk, Tea & Coffee, Sugar & Honey, Pulses, Spices, Ghee & Oils, Rice & Wheat and Vegetable

and Fruits. More or less, these are the items that are consumed on day to day basis in Indian household. We often try and reduce our costs by finding discounts on multiple grocery apps for these items and pick up a product which potentially can be adulterated. More often than not, they are. Unfortunately, most of these staples are sold within permissible limit of adulteration. But metals like lead, cadmium and many artificial colouring agent have compounding accumulation in our body leading to internal organ issues like liver toxicity or kidney damage or interrupted hormonal cycle (most common being thyroid).

 

Milk from local vendor is often diluted with water from unknown source, maltodextrin (vegetable starch made from rice, potato, corn or wheat). Coffee powder adulterant can be date seed powder. 

Ghee often contains hydrogenated fat, palm oil which tends to increase blood pressure and have been shown to have long term carcinogenic effect. What our grandfather consumed was pure home- made ghee, hand-churned which for most of us in our daily schedule has become luxury. However opting for hand-churned ghee from trusted home grown manufacturer brings the goodness of one of the most versatile products in the Indian pantry.

Turmeric and chilli powders that shines bright is not only because of its natural colour but contains metanil yellow colour or brick powder. In such scenario, when we are not assured of sources, it is best to buy organic turmeric or organic chilli powder product which is organic and is sourced sustainably. Hing, again in the spice category may contain foreign residue galbanum. While organic hing, saffron or jaggery will be processed naturally and add real benefits to your health.

  

List of adulterants can be endless. What is important for us is to note is how we can make conscious choices and eat what is actually organic and gives us adulterant free nutrition. Organic food is processed in a way that nutrition loss is the least and no additives are added for higher shelf life or attractive colours.

Pesticide Free

 Coming to staples(rice, wheat, pulses), vegetables and fruits, unlike conventionally grown produce, organic food is cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and artificial fertilizers. Hence, when we consume organic, we free ourselves from harmful chemicals that can have detrimental long term effect on our health.

 

  • Reducing pesticides intake:

 Pesticides and chemicals that are commonly used persists for long even after we wash it. They are no good to farmers either. Prolonged exposure to these compounds has been linked to a variety of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, and developmental disorders.

  • Nutrient Density:

Organic foods are often richer in essential nutrients. Studies have shown that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains contain 19-69%* levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to their conventionally grown counterparts. This nutrient density translates to better overall health and a stronger immune system.

  • In harmony with nature:

Conventional agricultural chemicals and practises harm the environment by contaminating water sources, contributing to soil degradation, and injuring non-target creatures. Organic farming practices prioritize soil health and fertility. Organic farms tend to have greater biodiversity, as they encourage natural habitats for various species. This diversity is crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem, aiding in pest control, and ensuring pollination of crops. Choosing organic food promotes sustainable farming practises that have a lesser environmental impact. 

The Hidden Costs of Non-Organic Food

While the price tag on organic food may appear higher, it's essential to consider the long-term costs of consuming non-organic products. The immediate savings on

Pesticide Free

conventional food purchases may lead to higher medical bills down the line due to health issues caused by exposure to harmful chemicals. Prioritizing organic food can be seen as an investment in your well-being, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving overall quality of life.

Choosing organic alternatives can lead to better health outcomes, which ultimately reduces medical expenses and improves productivity.

 

Organic food is no more a buzzword but a necessity of current times, to help us nourish when we are busy in stressed life routine. It is a necessary step towards a healthier and more sustainable future. We protect ourselves from the potential harm of pesticides and chemicals by selecting organic, we support the well-being of farmers and their communities, and we contribute to the conservation of our environment. While the initial cost of organic food may appear to be more, it is an investment in our long-term health and the well-being of the world. So, the next time you shop for groceries, consider the organic– your body and the Earth will thank you for it. Food is the ultimate remedy for all of our health problems. If there’s a problem with the food, then even medicine don’t help.

 

*: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study