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Organic 101: Benefits Of Organic Products

Today we are seeing more and more products with “organic” stickers plastered on them, hearing friends gush about their new organic cosmetics and reading people boast on Facebook about how they’ve switched their diets to only organic and gluten-free food. Yet, amongst this significant increase in popularity for going organic, people are left wondering what it even means. So, let’s break it down with some Organic 101:


What is Organic?

The simple definition of the term is: food and products made without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, dyes and other artificial chemicals. Not using these artificial products helps to improve the quality of the food produced and decreases the risk of contamination.

Organic farmers often swap out chemical fertilizers with natural ones such as manure and compost and instead of synthetic pesticides and herbicides use more natural methods like using insects and birds, crop rotation, mulching, hand weeding etc.


Not only are plants treated more naturally, but so are the animals and livestock raised for eggs, poultry, meat, and dairy products. They must have access to the outdoors and are not fed any regulating hormones, drugs, antibiotics or genetically modified feed. This organic farming helps to ensure that the food eventually reaching our mouths is more clean and pure, with less chemicals altering its natural state.

“Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.” says the Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

What are the Benefits for Me?

So now that we know what organic means, it’s important to understand to the benefits! Here are some of the top reasons organic food and products are good for your health:

  •   They are easier for the body to break down in comparison to the chemicals and metals found inside the fertilizers used on inorganic products.
  •   They have more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (substances that help in preventing types of cell damage).
  •   Reduces exposure in your body to the residue from pesticides and chemicals.
  •   They are fresher due to the lack of preservatives.
  •   Taste better because of the care given to the soil and plants!
  •   Food labeled as organic undergoes a certification process so you can be sure no toxic chemicals are sneaking in there.

What are the Benefits for the Environment?

Not only is organic food good for you, but great for the environment too. Here are some of the main reasons why:

  •   Increases biodiversity: fewer chemicals are used that harm bees and other insects.
  •   Improves soil condition: uses manure/compost rather than pesticides which may damage soil.
  •   Helps to preserve natural habitats and local wildlife.
  •   Keeps water clean: stops the polluted runoff that goes into water from farms using with harmful pesticides, fertilizers and toxic animal waste.
  •   Help in fight against global warming: most organically produced food is distributed locally so less energy/carbon dioxide emissions are used in the transportation.

Looking at all the benefits, it’s easy to understand why people may be throwing out their artificial food and beauty products in exchange for organic ones. If you’re looking to make the switch, our website is the perfect place to start with everything from organic soap to organic coconut oil to organic green tea. Not sure where to begin? No worries, here are the organic versions of some of the staples of your diet that you can buy right now!

Organic India Quinoa

 

Organic Indian Quinoa

 

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Organic Brown Sugar

Organic Tattva Brown Sugar

 

Organic Tattva Organic Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Organic Arhar (Tur) Dal

Organic Tattva Arhar (Tur) Dal

 


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Start The New Year on a Organic Note

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The Organic Life

Organic today is one of the single best steps you can take to safeguard the quality of your food, ensure good health and in many cases; it is considered to be a brilliant step forward for the safety of the environment.

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WHAT IS ORGANIC FOOD?

Many people think about “organic” as meaning “earth friendly.” Even though this meaning often holds true, it doesn’t always. Organic regulations focus on farming practices and food production steps that can be monitored and controlled to decrease risk of food contamination and improve food quality.

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WHAT IS ORGANIC FARMING?

Organic products are grown under a system of agriculture without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides with an environmentally and socially responsible approach.  India is bestowed with lot of potential to produce all varieties of organic products due to its various agro climatic regions. In many parts of the country, the congenital tradition of organic farming is an added advantage for the organic producers to tap the market.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC & CONVENTIONAL FOOD?

The (only) difference between organic and conventional food is how the food has been produced and processed. For instance, the use of fertilizers and pesticides is restricted in organic production.
Organic food is therefore defined as the product of a farming system, which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives.

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WHY ORGANIC FOOD IS ESSENTIAL?

Here’s a lowdown on the list of benefits one can enjoy if you adopt a greener and organic lifestyle:

Prevents Premature Ageing

  • Boosts Immune System
  • Ensures Safe And Healthy World For Future Generation
  • Tastes Better Than Non-Organic Food
  • Reduces Risk Of Heart Rate
  • Promotes Animal Welfare
  • Reduces Presence Of Pesticides

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC FOODS

While most people turn to organic food for reasons relating to health, there are many other reasons people should appreciate and support organic farming. Let us understand the health benefits of organic foods:

Better Taste: Organic food tastes delicious and it makes sense why it does – healthy soil and plants make food that tastes the best. Furthermore, organic food is often sold locally, resulting in availability of fresh produce in the market, which usually does taste better than produce that has been frozen, shipped, and transported across long distances.

Pesticide Reduction: Organic food contributes to better health through reduced pesticide exposure for all and increased nutritional quality. Organic food can feed us and keep us healthy without producing the toxic effects of chemical agriculture. To be fair, many people do choose to go organic to make sure that their children grow up healthy and unaffected by the toxins of the world during their developmental years.

Immune System: In animal testing, genetically modified food showed a major reduction in immune system strength, an increase in birth mortality, as well as in certain cancers, and sensitivity to allergens. Although there are some good things about genetically modified food, organic food advocates point to the lack of concrete details about the long-term effects.

Fresh Produce:  Fresh food tastes better. Organic food is usually fresher because it does not contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.

Environmental Safety: Organic farmers focus a lot of their time and energy in farming in the way that best respects the land. They understand that the soil is basically the foundation of farming and hence they are involved in programs to conserve and restore the soil. As harmful chemicals are not used in organic farming, there is minimal soil, air and water pollution; thus ensuring a safer and healthier world for future generations to live in.

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BEST SOURCE FOR CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD

Types of organic food

Organic Milk: Organic milk contained 25% less omega-6 fatty acids and 62% more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. That’s a good thing. You require higher omega-3 and lower omega-6 fatty acids to help maintain cardiovascular health and to support your immune system.

Organic Cow Ghee (Clarified Butter):  Ghee is a clarified type of butter, what remains is basically a pure combination of fats, without any milk residue. Some of the most impressive benefits of ghee include its ability to balance your cholesterol levels, provide additional energy, reduce inflammation in the joints, improve your eye health, strengthen your immune system, and even prevent certain types of cancer.

Multigrain Food: Multigrain refers to a food that contains more than one type of grain. Common grains included in multigrain foods such as Sharbati Whole Wheat, Sprouted Ragi, Toasted Oats, Amaranth, Rice, Jowar. While some multigrain food may include whole grain ingredients. These foods are often very hearty and provide a dense texture and rich flavor to breads, Chappatis or cereals.

Natural Quinoa: Quinoa, often described as a “superfood” or a “supergrain,” has become popular among the health conscious, with good reason. Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free and is recommended for people who are on a gluten-free diet

Organic Brown Rice: It is loaded with powerful antioxidants, which provide relief from a range of ailments such as hypertension, unhealthy levels of cholesterol, stress, mental depression and skin disorders. Brown rice is an unrefined and unpolished whole grain, which is produced by just removing the surrounding hull of the rice kernel.  It is chewier as compared to white rice and has a nutty flavor.

Organic Fruits & Vegetables:  Organic produces tends to contain higher vitamin C and lower levels of nitrates which is an excellent nutrient combination to battle foreign infection from entering the body. Organic foods can potentially be more beneficial, but certainly not more harmful than conventional produce for the health of the consumer.

Other types of food product could be Flax Seed, Wheat Rava, Suji, Cinnamon, Amaranth, Sprouted Ragi etc.