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Two Signs that Every Organic Lover Must Know About

These are two logos that are most commonly visible on products that are sold under the ‘organic’ label in North America – Canada Organic and USDA. Consumers who demand pure organic products need to educate themselves on what these logos mean. And the rigorous regime imposed on the producers of organic products before they are allowed to display them on their products.  Let’s start with Canada Organic. This is a certification that is granted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). To quote from the CFIA websites: “Producers of these products must be prepared to demonstrate that organic claims are truthful and not misleading, and that all commodity-specific requirements have been met.” All foods sold in Canada must comply with...

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The Purest Salts That Are Microplastics-free

  Salt adds taste to our life by enhancing the food we eat. It’s almost impossible for us to imagine a world without salt. Unfortunately, the goodness of salt is becoming sullied by the waste we dump into our oceans. And most salt is made from the oceans. A vast majority of common salt comes from the oceans. As our oceans get polluted at an alarming pace, so does the precious salt that we harvest from the sea water. In many instances, salts harvested from the ocean have been found to contain undesirable levels of microplastics. According to research done in 2015 by scientists in South Korea and Greenpeace East Asia, 90% of the table salt consumed in the world were found to be contaminated with...

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Organic Living May Be One Way To Beat Cancer

  Each day brings us proof of the organic pudding! It is now universally accepted that eating organic is far healthier and safer than going with the cheaper, more widely accepted mainstream fare. We didn’t reach here overnight. The early advocates and converts used to shout from the rooftops about the dangers we were putting ourselves into by ignoring the chemicals, many of them potentially cancer-causing, that came attached with most foods we consumed. Slowly, people began to get the whole picture. The critical mass developed a few years ago and now we have giant-sized grocery chains to small corner health stores, dedicated to serving this segment. Switching to organic may be one way to minimize the risk of cancer today. But the benefits of eating organic is...

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Why Is Jaggery (Gur) Better than White Sugar?

   Jaggery is not yet a household name in the West. But it is in many other parts of the world. In South Asia, Gur (Jaggery) has been in regular use for millennia. In fact, it was the only sweetener known to the local populations before the very white and bright, but apparently harmful, refined sugar was introduced to the subcontinent.  Jaggery is often mistaken for a crude form of sugar. That’s a very unfair comparison and perhaps, modern way of saying that whatever is not refined to a blank white is of lower quality! Jaggery deserves a much better status. From a health point of view, it certainly is a king of sweeteners, and deserves the pride of...

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