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Why You Want to Use Only Organic Herbs and Spices
I've been using organic herbs and spices since we primarily started eating organically. It's been a huge health boon to our entire family.
Why is it so important to use organic herbs and spices?
Spicely Organics says,
#1: No Pesticides
At the most basic level, spices and herbs come from plants. Spices, which are dried plant parts (bark, roots, fruits, etc.), and herbs, fresh or dried plant leaves, are highly concentrated and super-rich sources of healthy plant compounds. However, when potent toxic pesticides enter the mix, it becomes questionable as to whether your spices are more healthful or harmful.
#2: No Irradiation or Harmful Chemicals
All foodstuffs must undergo sanitation steps that eliminate deadly pathogens. Many conventional herbs and spices often undergo sterilization via irradiation, which preserves the food, but also creates carcinogenic by-products. An alternative technique commonly used requires the use of ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical that has been associated with central nervous system effects and cancer. Both processes are banned in several other countries.
Unlike the aforementioned methods, the third way to clean spices, via steam sterilization, is compliant with organic standards. Saturated steam, under high pressure, kills microorganisms without damaging the vital properties of the plant, like enzymes, polyphenols and antioxidants – and without the use of any harmful chemicals.
#3: No Fillers, GMOs or Chemical Additives
Finally, conventional spices often contain fillers, preservatives and artificial flavors to enhance flavor that may have been lost in the manufacturing process. You won't have to worry about these questionable additives, nor genetic modification, with organic product.
Overall, I encourage you to understand as much about all of your food as possible, and, yes, that includes your turmeric and tarragon. Fill your cabinets with spices that promote health, rather than detract from it, and feel confident in everything you put in your body.
The pesticides and irradiation are of particular concern to me.
I was recently introduced to Penzeys. They have some wonderful herb and spice blends and the company does a lot of community service. There are so many blends that I'd love to use but they're not organic.
If you use organic herbs and spices and especially if you like Penzeys brand, take a minute and write to their owner, Bill and copy their help desk and ask them to please make their great blends in organic versions -- if enough of us ask, hopefully they'll listen and give us their wonderful blends in organic versions.
Bill.penzey (at) penzeys.com
helpdesk (at) penzeys.com
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