The term ‘organic’ refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Most commonly, organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers to be considered organic.
Because health is a primary concern for most of us and for our families, it is important to limit the exposure to the residues of pesticides that are routinely found in non-organic food. Organic food is not produced or processed by the use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and so it does not contain any elements of toxic chemicals and may not affect human health in harmful ways. The use of natural techniques such as green manure to fertilize the lands and crop rotation in pest and disease control work well in producing safer and healthier final food products. Healthier food means better nourishment for the body and mind leading to healthier individuals.
Some of the key benefits of eating organic produce include:
Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food consumed.
Organic food is often fresher than non-non-organic food and this is because it does not contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.
Organic foods are sometimes more nutritious than non-organics and eating organic is the only way to go if you are eating with your health in mind.
Navadhanya is the simplest way to incorporate whole-grain alternatives to refined grains in a daily diet. Navadhanya is the nine grains that are offered to the Navgrahas and are also part of other Hindu pujas and rituals. The Navdanya includes Bengal Gram, Wheat, Horse Gram, Green Gram, Rice, White beans, Black Sesame seeds, Chickpeas, Black Gram.
Bengal Gram is offered to Jupiter or Guru or Brihaspati. It is popularly called Chana dal in Indian cuisine, is yellow in color and it can retain its shape even when fully cooked. It has a nutty flavor which adds to the deliciousness and rich flavor.
Wheat is offered to Sun or Surya. It is popularly called Godhuma in Ayurveda, which is Vata and Pitta pacifying and helps in improving body strength and nourishment.
Horse Gram is offered to Ketu. Also called Kulattha which is predominant of Kashaya Rasa (astringent taste). horse gram is Kapha Vata Pacifying.
Also known as mung beans are offered to Mercury or Budh. They are known to have high antioxidant levels and may also reduce chronic disease risk.
White beans are offered to Venus or Shukra and are packed with folate, vitamin B1 (thiamin), potassium, magnesium, and iron.
Black sesame is offered to Shani or Saturn. They are a good source of energy due to the high-fat content. They contain healthy fats like polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6. They also contain fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Chickpea is offered to Mars or Mangal and is known to help in improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.
Black gram is offered to Rahu and is known to improve bone strength while also strengthening the nervous system.
Apart from being a constant in Hindu rituals, Navadhanya has been a part of the human diet for tens of thousands of years and eating whole grains is associated with various benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Some benefits of consuming Kerala Ayurveda's organic Navadhanya include:
These nine grains provide essential nutrients to the human body. These grains are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes like soups, salads, appetizers, and as the main course. They are easy to digest and can be eaten daily. All these grains are great sources of plant-based protein and are powerhouses of nutrients. The consumption of these nutrients combined together keeps an individual healthy and free from lifestyle disorders.
By eating organic foods like the Navadhanya mix, the risks of decline in immune system strength are significantly reduced because organic foods are not altered at all. Furthermore, organic foods have quality and higher vitamin and mineral contents that help to strengthen the human immune system, and can easily be procured by searching for Navadhanyam online.
Navadhanyam Protein Tabbouleh Salad
Prep time: 4 to 8 hours (includes soaking)
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1-2 people
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