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Farm-fresh advice

india Updated: Aug 02, 2009 21:40 IST

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For all of you who were munching on organic soya products and carefully grown carrots, here’s some bad news. A new British study says that there are no significant nutritional benefits to be had from organic food. Well, so much for all that macrobiotic nonsense that health icons like Madonna have been telling us.

But the problem with this study, as with many such before, is that it invariably confuses us. We have been told over the years that having an egg is a good thing, then we were informed that only the white is easy on the heart, then again that the whole caboodle is perfectly kosher. Similarly, on the subject of drink, we have been told variously that a drop or two is good for the nerves and at the same time that not a drop must pass our lips. Many of us who are not exactly size zero have gone through horrific diets. The Atkins one prescribes only protein and many a dieter has chomped through numerous steaks in the hope that this will result in fewer inches. Then we had the one-kind-of-food-a-day diet which meant that you could have watermelons the whole day and, maybe grapes the next. Nothing, as we all know, works quite like the old adage, work out and eat less. Stay off the starch and fat and stick to good ol’ veggies.

Not organic, mind you, unless you want to blow a hole in your pocket. A bit of spice will do you no harm, and if you are partial to an oily curry, well, have a small morsel or two. Don’t deny yourself anything, and that’s something you can chew on for a bit.