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Organic Food: What’s the hype?

11 Mar

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Every other person I come across who is even a bit concerned about his health strongly advocates the use of organic food. We all know that organic food is healthier in general as it contains smaller amount of chemicals and is a better lifestyle choice. Hence, it is comparatively more expensive than the regular food stuff. But, is it actually worth it? Let’s dig a bit deeper and find out what the hype is all about!

Why go ‘Organic’?

Over the last decade, much consideration has been given to organic foods and how they are redefining the manner agrarian goods are consumed. Numerous studies have been conducted to demonstrate how organic food is a healthier choice for consumers. On the other hand, some principal news reporters and specialists have appealed that introduction of organic food is just a publicity gimmick and it does not signify a better lifestyle choice for consumers. If we probe deeper into organic food and how it contrasts from customary food items, it is evident that there are certain advantages which are absent in normal foods. Recent studies conducted by Stanford concluded that organic food is better for human health since it is not artificially altered and is devoid of chemicals. Deirde Imus reported for Fox News that the Stanford organic food study she researched exposed that organic food items such as fruits and vegetables typically contain 12% more healthier composites than conventionally cultivated crops – composites like secondary metabolites, which are supposed to guard against obesity, tumor and heart ailment.

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Human bodies are still Organic!

There are some chemicals in organic foods that are totally natural, prodigious for our immune system and are just not found in other foods that we consume today. Obviously, the element that organic food is not profoundly altered or meddled by people depicts that there are benefits of natural constituents. Moreover, it is imperative to recall that organic food is the anticipated approach for individuals to eat. Although humans have progressed over the passage of thousands of years, our bodies are still adapted to the consumption of unmodified food. Most of the food that we consume today is either genetically modified or chemically treated in some other way, hence, it is unnatural by default. One obvious drawback of such processed and modified foods is obesity which is gradually increasing among the masses.

Organic food, on the other hand, is free of the inessential pesticides and chemicals that are generally utilized to nurture agrarian products. Otherwise, most of these chemicals used in food are extremely precarious. Another study conducted at Stanford University discovered that such pesticides target the neural system, and have been associated in studies of American kids with lesser birth weight and hyperactivity disorders. When agriculturalists use chemicals to protect their crops from bacteria, they are concurrently infecting them with hazardous chemicals that can cause huge damage to the consumers. Therefore, organic foods are a superior choice as they are devoid of such harmful ingredients. Moreover, organic food serves best in case of diseases that spread because of deadly chemicals in foods. For example, the advent of mad cow disease drew attention to the process with which livestock animals were being raised, physically and chemically, and it was found out that the meat we consume is altered and accumulated at the lowest possible price, thereby, compromising on the quality. Since organic food is prepared without pesticides or other inessential chemicals, it cannot develop inclinations to damage health.

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Still not convinced? Read on….

In general, organic food is a better choice for the whole atmosphere since all of the chemicals used in the production of regular food crops are not incorporated into the soil, water and air. According to the Organic Trade Association, an international investigation of groundwater contamination concluded that a poisonous infusion of pesticides, nitrogen fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals is polluting groundwater universally. Due to this, approximately 40 percent of the world’s agrarian land is extremely ruined, destabilizing both current and forthcoming production ability. Additionally, production and consumption of organic foods also yields favourable result in terms of air quality since the current practice of food production releases carbon dioxide into the air which is not beneficial for human health. Fortunately, organic practices can eliminate about 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air annually. Likewise, organic food production is beneficial for the soil as well. Soil sprayed with pesticides and other intrusive chemicals experiences reduced fertility and poor quality. Whereas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, soil that is used to cultivate organic food only tends to be richer, improved and more probable to last longer. Hence, organic foods have numerous benefits to human health as well as our environment.

The ‘myths’ about Organic Foods

Despite the substantiation provided, some studies and research initiatives indicate that there are no advantages to organic food which is totally misleading. There could be some political or economic agenda behind such a claim or most probably the findings are misinterpreted. Deirde Imus states that the allegory that organic foods are not better than their regular equivalents is beyond scandalous: it is solely incorrect. We have already seen that there are logical and dietetic grounds for the benefits of organic foods over conventional ones. Just by looking back at history we can also judge that people in the past were generally free from obesity and other negative health trends which are quite common today. The fundamental difference is that the nutrition has now become much more administered in terms of how chemicals are being utilized. Organic foods being devoid of toxic chemicals offer stronger health benefits and a stronger environment and are much healthier for you on the whole.

Now that you know what treasures the organic food holds, it’s time to ditch the processed food and go ORGANIC!

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Recipe: Russian Salad

2 May

I am not sure if this salad originated from Russia or not but it is popularly known as the Russian Salad in our country. I’ve customized the recipe according to my taste. It is a rich, creamy salad that you simply can’t resist. Below is the recipe. Hope you’ll like it. XOXO

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Ingredients:

4 tbsp Plain Yogurt
4 tbsp Plain Mayonnaise
2 tsp    Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1 small Potato (chopped and boiled)
Handful of boiled Peas
2-3 slices of Pineapple (chopped)
1 small Apple (chopped)
1/2 cup chicken (boiled and shredded)
1/2 cup boiled macaroni (preferrably small sized elbow shaped)
1 tbsp Fresh Cream (optional)

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Procedure:

1) Mix yogurt, mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add cream if a richer texture is desired.
2) Put in all other ingredients and mix well.
3) Keep it in a fridge and serve cold.

Recipe: Super Easy Egg Pudding

29 Apr

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This is one quick recipe which I make whenever I crave for sugar. It is super easy and requires regular ingredients which are usually present at homes. Do tell me how you like it!

Ingredients

1/2 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
1 can (14 oz) Condensed milk
1 can (12 oz) Evaporated milk

Procedure

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.
2) In a pan, melt the sugar over medium heat and coat a round pan with that caramel (if you use a metal pan, you can melt the sugar right there).
3) Beat the eggs and add the condensed milk and evaporated milk. Mix well.
4) Pour into the coated pan and place in water bath (another shallow pan with water). Place in oven and bake at 350 F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
5) Let it cool and place in refrigerator until chilled and ready to serve.
6) To serve, cover mould with serving dish and turn over, taking care that caramel does not spill.

Note: This recipe serves 8 persons.

For the love of food

1 Mar

Recently I tried Lebanese food at Naranj Restaurant, Jeddah and I fell totally in love with it. The ambience, the aroma, the taste..everything was perfect! The highlight of the evening was obviously the rich Arabic dessert platter. Have a look at some of the dishes that we ordered.

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Awsal (BBQ lamb meat)


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shish tawouq

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The dessert


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Grilled fish with seasoned rice

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Kunafa

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Mint lemonade

Recipe: Ras Malai

2 Sep

Ras Malai is a very famous traditional delicacy in Pakistan and India. Its sweet aroma, smooth texture and mouth-watering taste are enjoyed thoroughly by all and sundry. Below is a quick recipe of this yummy dessert.

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Ingredients:

Powder milk     1/2 cup
Egg                       1
Milk                      1 litre
Sugar                   1/2 cup
Kewra essence  2-3 drops
Cardamom          2-3
Baking powder   1 tbsp
Pistachios           for garnishing

Method:
1) Mix powder milk, baking powder and egg to prepare a dough. Now form small balls using this dough and set aside.
2) Boil milk in a pan and add cardamom, kewra essence and sugar. Stir well.
3) Add these balls to the milk prepared in step 2 and lower the flame. Cover the pan and let it cook on low flame for about 10-15 mins (or till the balls are well-cooked and look fluffy)
4) Take it off the stove and allow it to cool.
5) Garnish with pistachios and refrigerate it for about an hour.

I hope you’ll like this recipe. It’s easy and simple and doesn’t require too many ingredients. Try it at home and let me know how it turns out.

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