Indian spices play a crucial role in our culture, cuisine, and lifestyle. It is one of the frequently used items in everyday life. It adds flavors and fragrance to both foods and moods.
Indian spices have therapeutic properties to prevent and repair naturally. So, we know that Indian spices are an integral part of our daily lives. It is time we should know Indian spices better again. There are several debates on whether the regular spices are better or the organic ones. It is an opportunity to discuss, and let you decide which one is better?
Let us see some of the major criticisms of conventional spices that we often experience…
More and more profit by fulfilling demands drive towards the road of unethical practices. Indian spices are always in high demand in the market, and there are countless brands in the race to fulfill this demand. This leads to the use of artificial colors, flavors, and fillers to make the spices look brighter, fresh, flavourful and definitely increases the quantity and thus reduces the cost. The quality of these spices is very low, and affects our health in the long run. It is kind of slow poisoning the body over time.
Before spices are packed and sent to the market for consumers to buy, one big part of the spice processing is to ensure spices stay clumps-free for a longer time. This leads many manufacturers to use chemical preservatives and anti-clumping agents to use. However, these are harmful chemicals like calcium silicate, silicon dioxide, etc., that can severely affect our health. A nice packet with an eye-catchy tagline and a claim for Natual Product does not mean it is good.
Fumigation and Irradiation
Non-organic spices are used in two sterilization methods. One is Fumigation and another is Irradiation. It is a known fact that unprocessed and raw spices do have bacteria and microorganisms and it needs to be removed before it hits the market. Due to the high demand for bulk production to cut down costs, conventional manufacturers use harmful methods to sterilize the spices. While fumigation uses harmful chemicals that not just destroy the microorganisms but are also harmful to human health, irradiation uses electromagnetic radiation to kill microbes. This radiation has several negative effects on the nutrition profile of the spices. Methods like these that are intended to make the unprocessed powders edible for us harm us even more.
Chemical Pesticides and fertilizers
It starts with the cultivation of spices. Conventional farming uses pesticides and fertilizers to grow crops. These chemicals harm the crops and reduce their nutrition level and leave residuals trace. So before even the processing begins, crops are subjected to harsh chemicals that hinder their quality. To increase the yield harmful chemical fertilizers are used. These chemicals fertilizers do not just harm the human body but also degrade the soil. This leads to the use of more and more fertilizers in the coming time and paying more and more to these fertilizer companies and farmers gain nothing.
Now let us see some of the major benefits of organic Indian spices…
Natural and Pure
The beauty of Indian spices lies in the natural flavors and purity of the spices. Organic spices are strictly castrated without the use of any harmful chemicals pesticides or fertilizers. To ensure the natural growth of the plants, organic manure is used as a natural fertilizer. Farmers put their hard work, and time to grow the best of the best quality spices. The look and feel of the organic spices may differ but that’s because they are organic and without any artificial enhancer.
After harvesting the spices the processing phase comes in. Organic spice processing takes a long time because it is processed with Zero Preservatives thus the shelf-life of organic spices may differ from the conventional spices. Organic spices used natural and safe sterilization processes like steaming. A great amount of time and effort goes into this process to ensure a good shelf life naturally.
No Anti-Clumping Agents
It is a common practice to use anti-clumping agents in powdered spices, to avoid the formation of lumps when they are packaged. What many don’t know is that, once again, harmful chemicals like sodium aluminsilicate, sodium ferrocyanide, calcium silicate, and silicon dioxide are used for this process. Even more troubling is the fact that manufacturers do not need to mention the anti-clumping agents in the ingredients list. Organic spices, on the other hand, forego such anti-caking agents to maintain the integrity of the product.
Organic spices offer both quality and assurance. Only certified organic farmers can sell organic labeled products and these certifications are offered by the government itself. Hence, these certifications assure us that the products have truly gone through the organic process and are completely natural. Certificates like USDA organic and India organic allow the sellers to claim their goods as organic and pure. This quality check helps people to differentiate between high-quality and natural spices over low-quality adulterated spices.