• 17Apr

    Organic foods may have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason: In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds.

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    Benefits of eating organic food:

    1. Avoid chemicals. Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food.

    2. Benefit from more nutrients. Organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards.

    3. Organic farming is better for the environment. 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.

    4.  Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

    5. Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

    6. Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

    Did you know?

    • Eating organic fruits and vegetables could increase your antioxidant intake by 20-40%.
    • Organic strawberries have more nutrients and antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.
    • Organic tomatoes are 50% higher in vitamin C content than conventional tomatoes.

    Antioxidants pack a bigger punch in organic fruit and vegetables.

    So, now you know: make sure you eat all your fruits and veggies and make sure they are organic for the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. If you’re on a budget and can’t stretch to organic, don’t panic. It’s better to eat non- organic fruit and vegetables than no fruit and veg at all. Just remember to wash the produce thoroughly.

    I am a big supporter of organic produce.  A big chunk of our grocery bills are on organic vegetables and meat. And I am only partially organic. If we go fully organic, this would bust our budget for sure.

    One of the activities on my bucket list for the next school holidays is to bring the girls to the Zenxin Organic Park in Kluang, Johor.  I have read positive reviews on Zenxin’s commitment to organic farming and would love  to visit the farm to see how organic farming is carried out. After our nightmarish 12-hour bumper to bumper horrendous jam from Singapore to KL during the December school holidays last year, I vowed never to do a road trip down south again during the school holidays. This time, I will be hopping over to Traveloka to check out the cheapest flights to Johor Bahru!  Air Asia flights listed on Traveloka are something that are really worth checking out.

    Traveloka has loads of deals on promotions on their already low-fare flights.  I especially like Traveloka’s Best Price Guarantee where, if you have booked through Traveloka and found a cheaper price for the same exact booking at another website, you can claim your compensation. Traveloka will reward you with a discount coupon of at least twice the difference up to RM500 for your next transaction. Do check them out and see what deals you can get!

     

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  • 12Nov

    I shudder when my kids bring home sweets, candies and junk food from school. These snacks always go to our part-time helper, the guards at our condo or straight to the bin.  Well, I do allow some allowances, only on ‘healthy’ sinful snacks by buying only non-GMO chips, organic chips and chips made with minimal ingredients and food additives.

    I was sweetly delighted when I spotted a good range of organic sweets from a supermarket recently.

    The price of each bag of candy drop is  5-6 times more than the price of non-organic ones.  But it’s ok. It’s the quality that counts (and not quantity) and I really do not mind spending a little more on organic products.

    Our girls always pester me to buy them candies but I hardly ever give in. It’s their father who always gives in! Now, I can offer them these candies.

    How I miss A&W root beer and now it’s available in YumEarth Organics candy drops. I wanted to get a bag for the kids but they didn’t like root beer.

    They chose a bag of fruit candy drops.

    I was happy to note that no high fructose corn syrup is used to process these candies.  Almost every ingredient is organic.

     

    Sugar has been repeatedly demonized by some health experts as if it were the monolithic cause of insulin resistance, obesity and tooth decay. There’s always something wrong with generalizations such as this as it is an unfair act to lynch the good with the bad. Not all sugars are evil, the same way that not all saturated fats are bad.

    In terms of availability, versatility, convenience, texture, price, eco-friendliness, and nutrition the best substitute for the ubiquitous white sugar is perhaps organic cane sugar.

    Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane.

    Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. Unrefined cane sugar contains 17 amino acids, 11 minerals, and 6 vitamins, including antioxidants that may help reverse oxidative damage. It is made up of sucrose, fructose, and glucose.

    Table sugar is just sucrose and calories, plus traces of chemicals utilized in the refining process such as lime, sulphur dioxide, and phosphoric acid. Organic cane sugar is not like brown sugar, which is white sugar with molasses thrown back in.

    Even good sugars should be consumed within healthy limits. While organic cane sugar is much better than white and brown sugar it would be a very prudent move to consume it in conservative amounts.

    Though there is a bag of candies in the kitchen counter now (which is rare), the kids are not binging on them. They know their limits and they know that sugar is bad and too much of it can cause diabetes, obesity and cancer. I’m glad that our kids are not addicted to junk food and sugar. But still, I know I should not totally ban them from access as they may rebel out of frustration and curiosity one day and binge to their hearts’ content on junk food. I certainly wouldn’t want this to happen.

     

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  • 19Aug

    The other day, the MIL bought some organic food stuff from the organic shop.  Some of the items include organic veggie, spelt flour, red dates and even a packet of three organic oranges. My eye balls popped when I saw the price on the packet of three organic oranges – a whopping RM31.82!

    Well, she had her reason. She wanted to make marmalade jam and since orange peel would be needed, she bought organic ones.  With 3 organic oranges, she made 3 medium-size bottles of delish marmalade jam, which I love to bits!  She also used organic raw sugar for the jam.

    At RM31.82 for 3 organic oranges, would you buy them?

    Here is an interesting read on organic oranges which I gathered from the internet:

    Organic oranges grow on certified organic orchards which use no growth hormones or chemicals. Rather than chemical pesticides, organic growers rely on beneficial birds and insects to control pests and disease. They use natural compost and manure as fertilizer instead of chemicals to encourage growth and never use chemical herbicides or fungicides.

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    Although commercial oranges are exposed to a wide range of chemicals, the chemicals don’t reach the inside of the orange. The peel acts as a natural barrier and, as long as you don’t eat the peel or use it in recipes, you won’t ingest the chemicals that coat the outside of the orange. Organic oranges have the same nutritional values and calories as commercial oranges. A small orange contains 45 calories, 1 gram of protein, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 9 grams of sugar. It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, potassium and vitamins C and A.

    So for the love and health of her loved ones, my dear MIL spent a tad more to buy organic food. And I am saying it again – that  you are what you eat.  If you eat junk, you have junk in your body and if you eat wholesome healthy food, it is reflected in your health too.  Our health is our wealth.  So if you can afford it, go organic. Or you can skimp on other things like clothing and branded items to buy organic food. Investing in organic food is investing in good health and hopefully, staving off diseases too.  Just make sure that you buy organic food stuff with credible organic certification.

     

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  • 05Jun

    I often wonder how do we know that the organic fruits and veggie that we buy are indeed genuinely organically grown. Most of these so-called organic veggie bought from the market are wrapped in plain transparent plastic wrappers, devoid of any certification or details of the produce, eg place of origin and Body certifying that they are organic. These so-called organic fruits and veggie cost double the price of non-organic produce. Moreover, the leaves of these veggie are devoid of ‘worm bitten holes’. Obviously, veggie that are organically farmed would have been eaten by insects, worms and bugs right? These fruits and veggie look 100% the same as non-organic ones – fresh, nice and no holes on them.


    These are just some of the organic veggie that I bought from the night market yesterday. We spent RM40 on carrots, tomatoes, 1 small size pumpkin, 2 beet roots, 1 head of brocolli and 1 packet of mustard green (sawi).  Cut throat price eh?  Maybe I should just switch back to non-organic veggie since I don’t get assurance that these produce are 100% organic.

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  • 01Aug

    This organic chickpea bun is one of my favorite buns. They are normally available at organic shops and in the cafeteria of some hospitals like Sime Darby Medical Center (previously SJMC). Whenever I see them, I will surely get a packet. They are made of wholemeal flour, has generous amount of chickpeas as filling and everything organic (I wonder how true that is and if anyone certifies/verifies the producer’s claim).

    The buns will most likely turn mouldy the following day, so they must be refrigerated once you buy them from the shop. The buns taste really good when lightly toasted – the outer bun will be crispy and the filling warm…. hhhhmmmmm, iLike!

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  • 02May

    I bought a bottle of organic dried seaweed, grains and mixed vegetables from the organic shop the other day.  I meant to buy it for Baby C, to sprinkle them on her porridge.  On reading the label, I decided not to give it to her as it contains organic raw sugar and organic sea salt. 


    The ingredients include seaweed, spinach, cabbage, purple sweet potato, organic wheatgrass, organic ryegrass, organic barley grass, organic buckwheat grass, soybean protein and sunflower oil.


    That’s one of the ways I eat this seasoning powder – by sprinkling them on my hardboiled egg every morning. It can also be sprinkled on porridge and  bread. A bottle cost RM27.50 but this organic shop is having a stock clearance for this and sold it at RM20 a bottle. I find it tasty but my kids wouldn’t want to try it, haih!

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

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I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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