Organic Food – A Trend of Myths

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Today, for many people, buying organic is a choice of healthy lifestyle. We have a tendency to believe that organic is the way to eating right. Even when we devotedly follow this lead, I often wonder whether these organic foods have that much impact on our health than it has on our wallet.

Health experts and agriculture specialists have been doing studies on the nutritional benefits of organic foods to conventional ones, and the majority claims that organic is the healthier way to eat. As a consumer, I too agree with this, especially when they have proven results and study details on the subject.

It is common knowledge that foods which are organically grown without any additives or pesticides are what we should eat for our well being. But as we go by the organic tags in the supermarkets and stores without even a second thought, do we really think we are consuming something as pure as how nature has made it? Well, the fact is it is not purely organic as one might think.

If you think organic foods that you buy from the stores are 100% organic, then let me warn you that they are not free of pesticides. This is just the case of fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to tin and packed foods that come under the organic tag, they have a good amount of preservatives and added flavours to it which defeats the very purpose of calling it organic.

Before paying a fortune for these organic foods have you ever thought why such an amount should be paid when these are naturally grown and can be done by anyone? Yes, that’s right, I said ‘anyone’. If you can take a little time and effort, setting up a small veggie or herbs garden can be done even in a limited space. You probably may not be able to grow all the vegetables at home, however, if you are ready to maintain at least a small herbs garden that is good enough because leafy veggies and herbs have the maximum amount of pesticides when you buy it from shops. Not only that, most of the herbs have medicinal values and growing them in your house can bring some added health benefits as well.

One could think it’s easy to be said than done but trust me I am saying this out of my own experience. Back home my parents have a small veggie garden; though not everything but most of the vegetables for our daily use are taken from our garden itself. Every time I eat at home I feel the difference; the food feels fresher, and it digests well due to which my metabolism rate also increases aiding in weight loss. You never know how a little effort can bring a lot of changes.

In a world of artificial flavours and additives, if you wish to have organic food then, in my opinion, it has to be organically grown in your vicinity itself. Unless you see how it is grown you really can’t rely on the genuinity of the final product. It may not seem all that easy, but unless a little effort is involved I don’t think we would appreciate the end result. After all, that’s how we humans are.

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair in culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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