“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, goes the age-old adage. However, in the times of yore, pointing toward a therapeutic apple was far simpler than in this day and age. Today, we are plagued with choices; an important one being between organic and non-organic fruits. To the untrained eye, the difference might seem imperceptible, but in truth, there’s nothing that’ll compare to the rosy goodness of an organic apple.
So, how does one spot the difference? While a lot has been said and read about non-GMO produce and natural foods, how do you translate all that knowledge into what fills your shopping cart? To make the choice easier, we list a few points to be noted so you can pick the healthier option.
If you are health-conscious, it is best to go to the counter or section that offers organic/natural food products. As per the rules and directives of NPOP and its regulating bodies, all organic produce must follow a certain process and meet set standards to be certified. Food products are then labelled accordingly so that consumers can rest assured that they are buying authentic items.
Another differentiator is the fragrance. Fresh, naturally produced apples have an unmistakable and distinctly divine flavour and smell. So be sure to catch a whiff of freshness while picking them apples.
Apples grown conventionally are larger in size as they are enlarged with water. Moreover, the size is so because they are injected with growth hormones to make them look unnaturally large. Naturally grown apples are reasonably smaller and are packed with nutrition and goodness…all that your doctors prescribed.
Have you sunk your teeth into organic apples? The crunchy taste of freshness is remarkable, healthy, and juicy. If the surface skin has some blemishes it is an indication that the apples are organic. Conventional apples are distinctively different in terms of tartness and mouthfeel.
Don’t gloss over
Do your apples have an extra-sparkly shine on them? The apples are probably coated with wax to get that fake gloss. It would be a good idea to properly wash and clean these apples before consuming them.
The ideal method to wash off the wax on the apples is to wash the fruit in warm water and clean them with a brush. This will also help remove any chemical residue apart from surface wax. Another popular method of removing surface wax is to take a little vinegar on a tissue and wipe the fruit with it. Vinegar cleans away the wax. In any situation, avoid peeling away the skin as it is power-packed with cholesterol-lowering and heart-friendly nutrients.
Naturally grown apples oxidize easily, whereas conventionally grown apples don’t. So lookout for the apples that brown faster.
Whether it is an organic or a non-organic variety, apples should be your preferred choice for a quick healthy snack to fill that growling stomach. It is wholesome, high in fibre, full of vitamins, and low in sugar. So an apple any day will keep both, the doctor and your craving at bay.
Also read: 6 Ways to know if your food is organic