Organic food has seeped into our lives. In a big city such as Delhi, I often spot many a high end stores, selling organically grown vegetables, fruits, pulses, cereals and much more. The tag go-organic seems to be the new mantra.
But is this just a fad, or are there some really good health benefits attached to it? This weekend I spent my time in a nearby hi-end grocery store that stocked up a range of organic products. When I stood there thinking whether organic food should be the order of my day, I was lucky to chat up with the owner of the store, who helped me understand what exactly is organic food, and the degree of benefit it actually provides to the consumer.
What exactly is Organic Food?
To put it in the simplest of words, organic food refers to crops that are grown without the use of harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and other synthetic materials. Even the animals under organic farming are fed with organic supply without the use of any synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics.
What you get out of it?
- Zero chemicals in the food you eat. They are safe from poisonous pesticides that have the potential to cause serious health issues.
- Eco friendly stuff is what you get. The methodology of farming does good to the soil and environment. It does not go by the principle of increasing crop size, thus protecting the soil. It conserves water too! So yes, by consuming organic food, in a way you are doing your bit to preserve our environment.
- Get your power punch in nutrition. Vital minerals from the soil are passed on to the produce. And what more they are ready and intact in the stuff you consume.
- Taste- I personally did find the vegetables to taste much better. And the apples were sweeter too!
- Let’s get to the fat. I came to know that organic products have zero hydrogenate fat. So that’s a step towards protecting your heart.
What is Not Good?
- Gosh the price! I ended up paying 2-3 times more!! This is due to the overhead costs involved in organic farming. Going totally organic would cost you quite a bomb!
- Food rots at a faster rate. Most products come with a low shelf life. So you got to consume them pretty soon.
- Not easily available. Except for a few products most of the produce is restricted to “up-ish” hi-end stores and retailers. So for me it is a big pain to get to these specific stores to buy my weekly requirement, plus the disadvantage of the shelf life.
- E-Coli are in organic too. E- Coli are the bacteria found in intestinal tract of animals are a threat to human health. It is said that even the organic food is not safe from the contamination caused by it.
So what do you think? Is it worth going all organic or stay put with the tried and tested food available with the local vendors?