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6 things to know about organic food

It’s expensive, so it’s best to know exactly what you’re getting

brunch Updated: Nov 12, 2016 18:17 IST
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There’s no doubt that organically-grown food is healthier than pesticide-laden commercial crops. This is especially important for pregnant women and babies who experience rapid tissue growth that makes them vulnerable to chemicals.

But are you truly getting value for your money when you buy organic food? Here are six points to keep in mind.

The label may be misleading

The word ‘organic’ on a label doesn’t mean that the product is 100 per cent organic. Sure, the producer may not have used pesticides, but the water used to irrigate the crop may have chemical traces, or the fields adjoining the organic farm may not be following organic practices.

Only when a label says ‘100% organic’ does it mean that the product is truly organic.

Organic does not mean perfect

Natural fruit and veggies may have a spot or two and their sizes are irregular because in nature, each piece is unique. However, fruit, vegetables and grain that are grown from seeds modified in a lab are larger than usual, have a uniform appearance, and are spotless.

If it’s aromatic, it’s organic

Most naturally grown, non-genetically modified fruits have a powerful natural aroma. If it’s is minus aroma, it’s not organic.

It’s not necessarily good for the environment

Choosing organic food because its lack of chemicals is ‘better’ for the environment only makes sense if the organic farm is local. If the organic food you buy comes from far away, then it’s better to buy locally grown commercial crops that do not need gallons of polluting fuel to get to your kitchen.

It isn’t richer in vitamins and minerals

Organic food is healthier only because of the absence of harmful chemicals in its production. It doesn’t have vitamins and minerals beyond those that naturally occur in the food.

Ready-to-eat food can’t be 100% organic

Even if labels tell you that the fruit in jams, or tomatoes in ketchup and soups are organically grown, so many ingredients are required to give the food its taste that it’s hard to be sure the product is really organic.

From HT Brunch, October 9, 2016

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