HAVE A GOOD HEALTH Healthy Habits: May 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Organic Food

Organic food-

Organic food is termed as certified food, which is produced in accordance with some production standards. It is grown in organic farms and vigorously monitored by the officials of a certification body, during the production. Organic foods are made in a way that limits or excludes the use of synthetic materials during production. For the vast majority of human history, agriculture can be described as organic; only during the 20th century was a large supply of new synthetic chemicals introduced to the food supply. This more recent style of production is referred to as "conventional." Under organic production, the use of conventional non-organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides is greatly restricted and saved as a last resort.
Organic food production methods resulted in: (a) higher levels of nutritionally desirable compounds (e.g., vitamins/antioxidants and poly-unsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and CLA); (b) lower levels of nutritionally undesirable compounds such as heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticide residues and glyco-alkaloids in a range of crops and/or milk; (c) a lower risk of faecal Salmonella shedding in pigs. Organic food consumption has become the trend of the time, owing to the multiple health benefits that it offers. Organic food is absolutely natural and is packed with loads of vital nutrients required by the body.

Organic farming :

Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, organically approved pesticide application and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms.

List of organic food..

Organic Spices:
Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Pepper, Fenugreek, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Chili, Nutmeg, Coriander, Mustard, Tamarind, Vanilla, Sesame
Organic Cereals & Foods:
Rice, Basumati Rice, Ragi, Millets, Maize, Jowar, Bajara, Sorghum, Tamarind, Onion, Honey, Cashewnut
Organic Herbs:
Aloe vera, Bacopa, Gotu kola, Neem, Amla, Triphala, Basil, Senna, Andrographics, Ashwagandha, Asparagus, Soap nut, Shikakai, Bael, Mucuna, Eclipta, Tinospora, Garcinia, Nux vomica
Organic Pulses:
Red Gram, Green Gram, Black Gram, Horse Gram, Chick pea, Kidney beans, Arhar, Country Pea, Cow Pea
Organic Oil Seeds:

Sesame, Niger, Castor, Mustard, Neem, Amla, Karanja (Pongamia), Sal Seeds, Madhuca seeds
Organic Wild Collection:
Gum Resins, Annato, Arjuna, Ashok, Babul, Phyllanthus, Tribulus, Vasaka, Vitex Negundo
Organic Herbal Tea:
TONE-UP Tea, Holy Tea, Preventive Tea, Cleansing Tea, Stress Free Tea, Sugar Free Tea, Digestive Tea, Clod Tea, Memory Tea, Appetizer Tea

Advantages of Organic food:
* Organically grown foods are natural, without any sprayed chemical.
* Organically grown foods are nutritious and full of taste although they may not look as colorful and well presented as shop produce.

* Organic foods put less burden on environment. Growing foods organically can protect the topsoil from erosion and is a great way of getting closer to nature.

More facts about organic food:

*The average non organic fruit contains more than 20 pesticides.
*Organic food is much more rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre and retains the levels of nutrients for much longer.
*Your body will be more resistant to disease as it will have higher levels of the essential nutrients it needs to fight off infection.
*You will have more energy through consuming lower levels of toxins and chemicals that slow your body down
*If you are eating dairy or farm produce then you are also eating the chemicals, drugs and growth hormones given to the animals.

*Organic food producers must meet stringent standards
*Organic farms respect our water resources and do not leach nitrogens and other pollutants from their soil.
*Organic food just tastes much better.