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You can remain healthy by making small changes in eating habits – article by TOI

October 21, 2009

Organic Chemistry

You can remain healthy by making small changes in eating habits. Chennai Times gives you a few tips on how you can go about making these changes…

Health Tips

Health Tips

Stop being a mall rat. Replacing conventional items in your diet with organic ones is worth the effort…

YOU USE: IODISED SALT

REPLACEMENT: Rock salt, Himalayan salt, or sea salt. BECAUSE: They don’t contain iodine and have more minerals. Since we don’t live in a region where iodine is lacking, excess iodine can damage your body.

YOU USE: REFINED OIL

REPLACEMENT: Coldpressed organic oil. BECAUSE: During the refining process, oils are heated once. So while cooking, they are heated again. Repeated heating generates acrylamide, a carcinogen.

YOU USE: BUTTER, GHEE, VANASPATI

REPLACEMENT: Coldpressed organic olive oil, organic oilseeds and crushed nuts (groundnuts, sesame seeds, cashews) and grated coconut. BECAUSE: Solid, unsaturated fats cause cholesterol accumulation resulting in heart disease and hypertension. Fibre found in all whole foods are
good for the intestine and the arteries.

YOU USE: NORMAL DRY PROVISIONS

REPLACEMENT: Organic grains and dhals. BECAUSE: Pesticides accumulation in the body can cause Parkinson’s, diabetes and cancer. Organic produce tastes better and is higher on nutrition.

YOU USE: WHITE FLOUR AND POLISHED RICE

REPLACEMENT: Whole wheat and unpolished rice BECAUSE: Fibre is good for you. You can eat as much as you want and not worry about putting on weight. Whole foods are higher in nutrition.

YOU USE: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM THE MARKET

REPLACEMENT: Organic fruits and vegetables BECAUSE: Pesticides threaten our health and destroy the water supply system. Organic produce is better for the environment and less hazardous for the farmer.

YOU USE: DAIRY PRODUCTS

REPLACEMENT: Plant substitutes BECAUSE: According to a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, the average milk contains 570 times the limit of allowed pesticides. A recent survey found that more than 90 per cent of cattle have digestive systems filled with plastic bags. Thirdly, cattle are routinely given antibiotics to prevent infections. Like all animal products, dairy products contain saturated fat.

YOU USE: FISH

REPLACEMENT: Flaxseeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds BECAUSE: Omega-3s are only produced by plants. Fish are rich in them because they eat plants! They also contain high levels of mercury which can cause brain damage in foetuses, children and adults.

YOU USE: MEAT

REPLACEMENT: Organic tofu, beans, or texturised soy proteins in small quantities BECAUSE: Pesticide factor again, animals are higher in the food chain. Also, meat contains no fibre and is difficult to digest, causing constipation and acidity. There are no organic animal products in India.

YOU USE: COLAS, TEA, COFFEE

REPLACEMENT: Organic herbal teas BECAUSE: Caffeine makes moods and BP volatile, and causes acidity.

YOU USE: SUGAR

REPLACEMENT: Organic jaggery BECAUSE: Besides being laden with pesticides, sugar has only calories and no nutritional value, destroys digestive enzymes and enters the blood stream too fast.

Article by Times of India on 21-Oct-09

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