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Study: Organic Ketchup Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants than Conventional Ketchup

Last year, I wrote about a groundbreaking study from Washington State University that said that organic strawberries have higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid than conventional strawberries.

This research was the subject of much conversation in the organic industry because now we could point to objective, independent research that validated the superiority of organic.

Well, for those who still don’t believe that organic is a better option, maybe a recently released report from Spain will make them think differently.

In a study performed at the University of Barcelona Science and Technology Centres and reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ketchup made from organic tomatoes proved to have higher levels of polyphenols than ketchup made from conventional tomatoes. (Polyphenols are biomolecules with antioxidant properties and protective effects in the human body.)

Researchers focused on the biochemical and metabolomic analysis of a range of branded ketchups and studied the environment in which tomatoes are grown.

Needless to say, their conclusion should not surprise any organic food advocate in the least.

The different agricultural management models, comprising a range of cultivation and fertilization techniques that vary between organic and conventional crops, impact the nutrient content of agricultural and commercial products.

The way in which organic tomatoes are grown results in a greater level of bioactive compounds and other metabolites. Like I say all of the time, it’s all about the soil.

If you nurture, nourish and treat farmland with respect and care, you get a very rich soil.

If you spray farmland with toxic chemicals and never rotate crops, you get a very poor soil.

It’s no real big mystery here, and this Barcelona study is empirically proving this to be the case. Again.

MY TAKE

Here we have another university research report declaring organic to be superior than conventionally-grown.

While organic may be slightly more expensive, largely because it is does not receive the same level of subsidies as conventional, consumers who continue to purchase non-organic will be paying more in the end. Why?

Because what they get does not have the same level of nutrition. And what good is eating food that is devoid of nutritional content?

I never eat food with the objective of simply trying to fill my stomach. My objective is to eat food that is going to support and strengthen my body.

As a result, I eat organic.

It’s not only a safer option, but it’s a more nutritious one as well.

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What is Cold-Brew Coffee and Why You Should Know About it

Despite the fact that it has become a burgeoning trend in the beverage world, cold-brew coffee is still a relatively unknown quantity to the average person on the street.

In a very unscientific poll that I conducted, the majority of people that I talked to had heard of cold-brew coffee but couldn’t give me a good answer as to what it is and why people should be drinking it. And to be perfectly honest, I was pretty in the dark about cold-brew as well.

While I know that choosing organic coffee is a must, because coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world, I, too, had many questions about this increasingly popular drink.

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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Food & Water Watch Unveils its New Smart Seafood Guide and “Dirty Dozen of Fish”

If you are looking for organic fish in the U.S., you will not find it. Why?

Because there is no such a thing as USDA certified organic fish, as national organic standards for fish have not yet been approved.

That being said, some fish are certainly better to eat than others, and Food & Water Watch recently released its Smart Seafood Guide.

The Smart Seafood Guide gives an excellent analysis of over 100 different fish, provides regional guides, and offers helpful suggestions so that consumers can make the healthiest and most sustainable choices possible.

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My Latest Concoction – Organic Black Sesame Seed Milk

Earlier this year, I wrote a post talking about the tremendous health benefits of black sesame seeds.

I love putting them on quinoa, millet, and on my salads, and they add a whole new dimension to whatever food that I am eating.

Since Brazil nut milk and cashew milk are two drinks that I make quite often, I started asking myself “What if I made a milk out of organic black sesame seeds?”

My immediate thought was that the taste would be too harsh or too strong, and that I would need to use a lot of honey or organic palm sugar to even it out.

Over the past week or so, I have been experimenting with black sesame seed milk and much to my surprise, I have been thrilled with the results.

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