The age-old debate that weighs artificial food against its organic counterpart rises into public view every so often, with health enthusiasts facing off against food that has been modified in some way for the general public. The idea of meat and produce being altered may seem objectionable, but there’s a compelling argument that says the food lasts longer and tastes just as good, at least in the view of the champions of processed food. But, although chemically adapted foodstuffs do indeed last longer, are less likely to go bad or be damaged by pests, they do have disadvantages. Some of those drawbacks are immediately obvious, which is why certain restaurants like Austin’s Happy Mukti are making the move to organic goods.
A Perspective on the Reputation of Organic Food
Scam is a strong word, but, where money is concerned, the accusation has to be taken seriously. Big businesses control non-organic selections in the storefront, and naturally cultivated food is considered a niche product by the big name markets. It’s often shoved to the end of aisles, but this eco-friendly foodstuff isn’t a scam. If anything, it’s marketing that’s responsible for souring the reputation of organic products, pigeon-holing organic foodstuff as being only for health-conscious rich folk. As for expense, any knowledgeable patron of natural eating will explain just where to go to find organic fruit and vegetables at an affordable price. This involves a trip to a farmers market or a rural store along a familiar roadway.The Taste Test Winner is Organic
We all love instant gratification, picking something up and getting a quick reward. Organic food has this factor in spades. In short, it tastes amazing, a fact that’s obvious on the first bite into a ripe orange just fallen from a sun-bleached tree. There’s an explosion of fresh flavor and energizing juice. Vegetables taste better, fresher, and leave a satisfying aftertaste. This proves that naturally grown food certainly tastes better than its processed counterpart, and that should be enough, but the question of cost comes to mind once again, sincet artificially cultivated fruit and vegetables are so much cheaper in the big markets. A shopper on a budget will, unfortunately, always consider this factor and likely opt for the processed food aisles.
Looking Beyond Taste for Long-Term Rewards
We’ve already stated categorically that organic food can be found for an affordable price, although the larger markets tend to marginalize the natural food choices, marketing them as the perfect choice for health enthusiasts. This isn’t the full story. Healthy options should be for everyone, and here’s why. Organic food isn’t bleached of naturally occurring antioxidants, the metabolism supporting chemical compound found in nature that clean the body of toxins, extending one’s lifespan. They’re also full of nutrients for balancing the body’s daily requirement of vitamins and supplements. The longer-lasting processed food variants only have a fraction of these health benefits. The same applies to organic meat, with cattle raised on organic feed rather than steroids.
The debate continues, but take the long-tern view and truly see how organic foodstuffs support the development of children into healthy adults. Antioxidant properties care for a healthy metabolism, minimizing the effects of aging, and improve the responses of the immune system. On top of all this, organic food just plain tastes better!
Happy Mukti is an organic, vegan, and all-natural meal delivery service based out of Austin, TX. Follow them on Facebook!
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