5 Ways to know if your food is organic or not?
Are you tired of consuming chemicals in solid form as fruits and vegetables? So are many like you. There is a reason why many are steering towards organic life. There are tons of health benefits and the simple fact is, don’t we all want to get the actual nutritional value after stuffing ourselves with Karela (Bitter Gourd)?
So, here are some ways to know if your food is organic or not, you can check these things easily at the time of your purchase.
Steps to Know if Your Food is Organic or Not:
There are several ways to know if a food is organic or not, but in this article we only focus on the top factors to look for while purchasing your food.
Look for organic accreditation
To be sure that you are not missing out on the nutrient value, take a careful note at the labels and certifications on the product, it is one of the easiest and basic checks you can conduct.
Look for an organic certification which you would find on the front along with the product logo or at the back of the product.
NPOP (National program for organic production) and APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) instituted by the Indian Government; certifies organic farming, and issues a certification mark to all those food products that abide by the National Standards for Organic Products.
2. No perfect shape, no sparkly shine
The next best way to check your food whether it is organic or not is by looking at its shape and size.
An organic batch of fruits and veggies would clearly differ in shape and size from one another. No two organic fruits or vegetables will look alike.
They will also lack the waxed shine of the regularly produced fruits and vegetables. Organic fruits actually look dull and unappealing, to be honest. So basically choose the unpolished or unwaxed batch of fruits and vegetables while on your next purchase from your nearest vegetable store.
3. Smaller in size
Organic fruits, vegetables, and grains won't be huge in size. So while it is okay to be happy after finding huge potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, eggplants, cauliflower, capsicum, and bottle gourd, it generally means it is not organically produced.
There are, of course, rare cases in which people do grow large-sized fruits and vegetables organically as well.
4. Smells fresh, cooks fast, and taste good
Have you ever smelled a fresh apple? If you have not, then well, you are definitely missing something.
Organic fruits and veggies have a distinct flavor that is not the case with conventionally produced fruits and vegetables. They have a fresh and strong aroma which a genetically modified vegetable or fruit definitely won’t have.
Additionally, organic food cooks faster. They taste delicious too. Naturally, grown food products are easily digested too.
5. Shelf life
Organic fruits and vegetables tend to spoil more quickly than conventionally grown produce. The shorter shelf life is because of the absence of waxes or preservatives that are used in conventionally produced organic fruits and vegetables.
So it is better to purchase them in smaller quantities and refill them more often from your nearest OTPx store or you can simply order online from the app.
Organically produced fruits and vegetables are obviously better than its counterpart. But they undeniably come with a much bigger price tag.
So if you can afford it, go for it. Additionally, look for all these signs to determine whether what you are buying is organic or not.