14 Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

In this post I will share a list of 14 organic food stores in Kolkata where you can buy certified organic fruits, vegetables, cereals and other food items.

Organic food industry is growing in leaps and bounds in India. And Kolkata is not to be left behind. People are becoming more health conscious. They realize the benefits of organic food.

Organic food is that which is grown naturally without using artificial fertilizers or synthetic insecticides. Organic produce has a lot of health benefits as organic fruits and vegetables contain no artificial pesticide residue. Plus organic food is also good for soil health and environment.

In the last 5 years the number of organic food stores in Kolkata has gone up significantly. Departmental stores, stores like Fabindia as well as specialized organic fruits and vegetables in Kolkata have now come up.

As per Whatsupkolkata, “ A food chain supply which was initially popularized by Arambagh Food Marts and WestBengal Govt. initiative, Haringhata distributors, has now become a lengthy system, with more than 1000 brand distributors selling over 100000 organic products in general supermarkets like C3, Spencer’s, Big Bazaar and also exclusive stores like Rainbow and Fab India in Kolkata.

Of all organic food in Kolkata, organic tea sells the most. Here are 17 wonderful benefits of organic tea. Kolkatan’s are adopting organic food very well and organic food sale is growing 60% year on year, and is expected to grow even faster in the next few years.

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

#1 Rainbow Organics

Website: www.rainboworganics.in

Rainbow Organics is a well-known organic food store in Kolkata, selling a wide range of organic products. As per their website, “Rainbow has been specially created to cater to those who have been on the lookout for a balanced, healthy and holistic lifestyle, but did not know, till date, where to turn to. Rainbow believes in creating & maintaining a balance among all the five senses for optimum holistic living by taking care of your various requirements.”

Rainbow opened in May 2011. “We started shop because we realised there was a market for organic food in Calcutta that was completely untapped. There were one or two stores (remember Health Shoppe on Rowland Row?) but they shut down. There is a large community of people who want to go organic but don’t have the know-how,” says Deven Doshi, partner, Rainbow.

Open All Days: 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Rainbow Organics in Kolkata sells:

  • organic food items – coffee, green tea, herbal teas, oil, sweetners, snacks etc
  • personal care products across body care, face care, hair care and other categories
  • home care products like air freshners, candles, incense and holders
  • gift items

Rainbow Organic Stores

  • Cafe Organica: 4, Sunny Park, Kolkata – 700019, Phone: 033 40647678
  • Flagship Store:  33B Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata – 700020, Phone: +91 33 2485 1442
  • Diamond Plaza Mall: 4th Floor, 68, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700055, Phone: 91 9007 081 400

# 2 Casa Puro

Website: www.casapuro.in

Casa Puro sells organic rice, organic spices, organic herbal tea, organic dry fruits and nuts and organic honey.

Address: Casa Puro 60 Hemanta Basu Sarani, Kolkata 700001, India. Phone: +91-9830067949

# 3 Arome Dry Fruits

Dry Fruit Store, Shop No. 2-B, Bhawanipur Police Station, Sambhunath Pandit Road Phone: 033 4006 0440

# 4 Health Food Centre

Health Food Store , 8/1, Loudon Street, Loudon Street Phone: 033 2247 9790

# 5 ONganic

Organic Food Store, Debendra Lal Khan Rd, Sector-1 Phone: 084201 04759

# 6 Bio Organic

Farmers’ Market Address: 13/5, Jadavpur, Deshbandhu Rd, Phone: 085838 06797

# 7 Salt n Soap

Website: www.saltnsoap.com

Salt n Soap provides an online portal where they offer a huge range of products and provide online Grocery Shopping in Kolkata. They stock organic food items.

Address: Bluebeaks Solutions LLP, 4A KP Roy Lane, Dhakuria Kolkata, West Bengal, 700031 Phone: 91 33 23581245

# 8 On A Healthy Note

Website: www.onahealthynote.com

On a Healthy Notes strives “to provide natural, healthier alternatives to enhance your lifestyle, improve your well being and increase your vitality.” They have an online shopping portal through which they offer their various organic products. Some of the brands they sell are Ecofarms, Conscious Food, Zero G, Sattvic Organics, Organic India, Madhuban Natural etc.

Address: AE 31, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700064 Phone: 919830476761
Address: On A Healthy Note , Health Notes, P-5 Kalakar Street, Gr Floor , Kolkata – 700007

# 9 Tona- Organic Village

Website: www.organic-tona.com

TONA Village produces organic rice, wheat flour,  fruit beverages and jams, spices, pickles, oils and health supplements.

Address: 866,Block A, Manorama Apartment, Lake Town, Kolkata, 700089, Phone: 098300 96686

# 10 Earth Haat

Website: www.earthhaat.com

Earth Haat’s motto is to “deliver fresh organic produce to more people while establishing farmer accountability and source transparency to ensure all organic standards and guidelines are met”. They sell organic fruits, vegetables, jam & cheese, organic cereals, organic fruit juices, rice, atta, flour, spices etc.

Address: AD 300,Rabindra Pally, Keshtopur, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700101 Phone: 033 2571 1001

# 11 Spencers

Spencer’s offers a range of 250 products under the organic food category. The product basket consists of cereals, grains, flours, dry fruits, and even processed food products like pickles, jams, marmalade, honey, syrup, savouries and tea. “We have products from companies like 24-Letter Mantra, Organica, Pristine, Nourish Organic, Organic India are major players. We also have an imported organic range (Clear Spring ) from countries like Japan,” a Spencer’s spokesperson had said as per a newspaper report.

# 12 Super Supplements

They sell organic nutrient supplements like mass gainers and protein supplement.

Address : Shop no.523, 3rd Floor, Sriram Arcade, New Market, , Kolkata, West Bengal-700087 ,India

# 13 Bhagyalakshmi City Center

Bhagyalakshmi in City Center, Saltlake sells organic spices, pulses, cereals, pickles, jellies, vegetable and fruits.

Address: Shop No. F013 & 014, Ground floor, Block – DC, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064

# 14 Bigbasket

Website: http://www.bigbasket.com

Bigbasket is the first comprehensive online grocery store in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mysore, Delhi-Noida-Gurgaon, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Nasik, Lucknow, Vadodara, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam & Patna. They sell alsmot all known varieties of Organic food item and deliver them to your house very promptly.

I have been using Bigbalset now for almost 3 years and till date their service has been awesome. So if you want to buy organic food in Kolkata, Bigbasket is the best online option.

Conclusion

This list by no means comprehensive. Organic food industry is a very dynamic business. New organic food stores in Kolkata are coming up, while quite a few have actually shut shop or moved to more lucrative markets like Mumbai and Bangalore. That being said, there is a plethora of options in Kolkata. People are now extremely health conscious and even don’t mind paying a little extra for healthier food.

Let us quickly do a recap of some of the benefits of organic food:
– contains fewer pesticides
– fresher
– GMO-free
– organic farming is better for environment
– money reaches farmer directly, middle-men reduced
– organic milk is rich in nutrients
– some organic fruits like tomatoes are actually richer in some nutrients

Who would not want these benefits? Why would someone knowingly take pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and cereals, when you can get farm fresh and high quality stuff from online as well as various organic food stores?

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17 Wonderful Benefits of Organic Tea

Benefits of Organic Tea

In this article I will talk about 17 wonderful benefits of organic tea in terms of health, environment, biodiversity and economic benefits.

As we are all aware, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. An Indian drinks at least 2 cups of tea per day on an average, and in US approximately 4 in 5 people consume tea. Tea has a lot of health benefits which accrue over a long period of time. Since tea is so widely consumed we should ensure that the positive benefits of tea remain and they are not cancelled out because of other factors. This is where organic tea plays a very important role, and in the next few paragraphs I will explain why organic tea is better.

Before we get started I would like to highlight that organic tea is popular more because of what it does not contain than rather  for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your health and the health of your environment. I have earlier touched upon the general benefits of organic produce.

Benefits of Organic Tea

  1. Herbicides have been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers or to cause Parkinson’s disease. Organic tea is free of herbicides.
  2. Synthetic pesticides are a significant health risk and may cause birth defects, nervous system damage, hormone disruptions, respiratory disorders and various types of cancers. Pesticides are not used when growing organic tea.
  3. Pesticides are a major cause of water pollution.
  4. Pesticides have been shown to reduce biodiversity, destroy bird habitats and threaten endangered species. As per newspaper reports in West Bengal at least 10 leopards and several elephants died between 1999 and 2001 due to leakage of pesticides from tea gardens. Organic tea farming directly contributes to preventing such environmental hazards.
  5. Organic tea agriculture sustains the health of soils, as strong chemicals are not used. In fact studies have shown mechanized farming leading to deterioration a soil quality as well as desertification in the worst case.
  6. Heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers in conventional tea farming depletes the land and makes it less arable. Organic tea cultivation uses a number of techniques to ensure that this does not happen.
    • Cow dung is used as fertilizer.
    • Cow urine is used as an insect repellent.
    • Neem  trees are planted for shade.
    • Weeding is done manually to avoid herbicides.
  7. Depending on the pest infestation, many tea farmers in conventional spray their plants many times in a year. Most of the times untrained people, women and even children spray these toxic chemicals without being protected by recommended safety gear such as masks, gloves, rubber boots, and polythene aprons. Organic tea farming as explained above avoids all these and is thus better for the health of tea plantation workers.
  8. In Asia, conventionally grown tea is one of the most environmentally damaging crops. Because they are grown at higher levels, all the chemicals run down the mountains and wreak havoc on fields, rivers, ponds, rivers and forests below. Organic tea cultivation ensures that such things do not happen.
  9. Organic tea farming does not damage water sources as no artificial chemicals are used.
  10. Synthetic fertilizers have been shown to play a significant role in contaminating the environment. Organic tea is grown without using synthetic fertilizers.
  11. Another negative impact of synthetic fertilizer is that most of the nitrogen in the fertilizers is unused and seeps into waterways where it creates algae blooms, which absorb oxygen from the water and suffocate fish and other aquatic life. Organic tea farming ensures that aquatic life is not impacted.
  12. The nitrogen also seeps into ground-water thereby causing massive contamination. Tea grown organically does not have this kind of negative impact on ground water.
  13. Organic tea tastes better. China and India, the major tea producers have tried to maintain natural harmony in tea gardens resulting in unique tea flavors – however the onset of standardized mechanical farming negatively affected this uniqueness.
  14. The use of fertilizers hardens the soil and makes it difficult to grow crops without using stringer chemicals. This leads to a vicious cycle which damages the tea plant, the environment and the local Eco-system. Organic tea has no such detrimental effect on its key players.
  15. In many places in China and in some in India, tea gardens are a family business and tea garden owners prefer to use traditional organic farming techniques and use natural materials. Organic Tea typically helps support these small farmers and small farms.
  16. Holistic benefits of organic tea farming include improved overall health of families and communities.
  17. Better overall health because of consumption of organic tea, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion

To conclude, it is obvious that organic tea is far superior to conventional tea because of its benefits across five fronts – your health, the health of tea plantation workers, health of wild-life and other creatures, environmental preservation and economic prosperity. Historically a country like India has always believed that as humans we must respect and revere nature because we are an integral part of it. And keeping this philosophy in mind, our farming methods have always been organic and natural.

Unfortunately, some 50 years back to embrace “modern farming techniques” Indian farmers were incentivized to follow Western agricultural practices and methods of mono-cropping, using strong artificial synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Today we can see the harm it has caused – underground water levels are depleted, water table is contaminated with chemicals from these pesticides, bugs have been more resistant and require stronger chemicals, soil quality has deteriorated and many previously green places have become arid and desert-like.

However we have now realized our mistakes and hopefully we will move to modernized “traditional” agriculture rather than Westernized agriculture, and see how of the damage can be undone. Organic tea cultivation is fast picking up pace and some of the positive changes are already visible in some places and communities.

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17 Reasons why Organic Milk is Awesome

17 Reasons why Organic Milk is Awesome

In this post I will share with you 17 reasons why Organic Milk is awesome in terms of health benefits, environmental impact and economic benefits.

Milk and milk products are one of the most important part of our diets especially in a country like India India where cows are considered divine. An average Indian will consume either milk or butter, ghee, curd, butter-milk or lassi. Milk has a lot of benefit like bone and teeth development and overall healthy growth. Organic milk retains all these benefits, and on top of that has some additional benefits. (1)

Why is Organic Milk great?

  1. Modern dairies use a number of chemicals during milk production which organic milk will not have.
  2. The fodder fed to the cows would have been cultivated using pesticides and fertilizers, which will have a negative impact on the quality of the milk produced. Organic milk is free from such chemical contamination.
  3. Often cows in conventional dairy farms are administered antibiotics and other artificial chemicals, and this has a harmful effect on the milk. In  organic farms, cows are not administered such strong antibiotics and hence organic milk in not subject to such harmful reactions.
  4. Organic milk has 70% more Omega 3 Fatty acids as compared to regular milk, and hence is more effective than regular milk for healthy growth.
  5. Omega 3 has been shown to protect against heart disease, cancer and arthritis, and therefore organic milk is more effective than regular milk in combating these diseases. (1)
  6. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce or delay onset of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and therefore organic milk is a very good option. (2)
  7. Organic milk has a higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, and this balance promotes good heart health and cardiovascular conditions. Organic milk contains 25% less omega-6 fats and 62% more omega-3 fats than conventional milk.(3)
  8. Organic milk has 5x to 6x more Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than regular milk. CLA causes muscle growth and increases immunity to disease. (1)
  9. Organic milk can also indirectly lead to weight-control or weight-loss on account of CLA which reduces abdominal fat and cholesterol and increases the body’s metabolic rate. (1)
  10. Organic milk has 2x more lutein, an antioxidant that prevents numerous eye diseases. (1)
  11. Organic milk has 2x more zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that is very helpful in preventing diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. (1)
  12. Compared to regular milk, organic milk is more effective in combating signs of aging because of higher amount of Vitamin E present.
  13. Organic milk is more effective in increasing resistance to infections, good bone growth and tooth development, compared to regular milk because of 75% more beta carotene.
  14. Many studies have shown that full-fat organic dairy products more protective against diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes as well as weight gain. (4)
  15. Organic raw milks is more beneficial than organic processed milk as it has healthy bacteria that are good for gastrointestinal tract. (3)
  16. Organic raw milk has plentiful vitamins (, B, C, D, E, and K) in highly bio-available forms, and a very balanced blend of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron). (3)
  17. European research has shown that if infants and mothers eat organic dairy produce, the children are 36 per cent less likely to develop eczema. (5)

Conclusion

As is evident there are numerous benefits of organic milk over regular milk of which I have listed only a few. It is common sense that milk that is obtained from cows which grow up in a natural environment would be better than milk from cows held in captivity in large mechanized dairies.

That’s what we Indians consider cows divine and ensure that whatever happens, cows are not ill-treated. The West is now slowly realizing that cows which are reared in organic farms are healthier than antibiotics and steroid-fed animal farms cattle typical of the West.

Cow is go-mata, our mother, and as long as she is allowed to thrive naturally and in peace she will offer us her blessings in the form of superior quality milk.

References

(1) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/organic-milk.html
(2) http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1886776&resultClick=3
(3) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/14/conventional-vs-organic-milk.aspx
(4) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/21/why-you-need-to-avoid-low-fat-milk-and-cheese.aspx
(5) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1348392/Organic-milk-IS-better-regular-pint.html

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17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes

17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes

In this post I will share with you 17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes. Organic tomatoes are grown naturally using fertilization and pest management techniques that do not use artificial or synthetic chemicals. They are grown and sold locally. (3)

For many millennia in India we have been growing nutritious food in healthy soil with no artificial pesticides and chemicals. Yet in order to embrace modernity, India started introducing large scale mechanized farming, artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and chemicals since the 1950’s! We were simply copying what the American’s were doing.

The result has been that farm productivity has actually come down and farm produce has become less healthy and in fact harmful because of heavier concentration of these strong chemicals. In fact processed fruits and vegetables have lower nutritional value than their fresh commodities because of the loss of vitamin C during processing. (7) Now the world is moving back to organic, and Indian farming is once again going back to its organic roots.

Facts about Organic Tomatoes

Tomato is actually a fruit and not a vegetable, and research has show that it contains a number of important nutrients. (4)

  1. Tomatoes are one of the highest pesticide sprayed vegetables in the world. Hence organic tomatoes are automatically better because they have no artificial pesticides. (9)
  2. Organic fruits in general contain 40% more antioxidants and have higher levels of beneficial minerals. (4)
  3. Organic tomatoes are 40% smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes, yet they contain 57% more Vitamin C. (1)
  4. Organic tomatoes have 2x more phenolic compounds such as flavonids which help the body help the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia. (1)
  5. A tomato flavonoid called lycopene, found in higher concentration in orrganic tomatoes, is known to slow tumor growth.  (1)
  6. In fact lycopene found in organic tomatoes in abundance has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of stroke (5).
  7. Lycopene has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer. (1) (6)
  8. When organic tomatoes are cooked the bio-availability of lycopene actually increases rather than decreases as in other raw foods, and hence cooked organic tomatoes are actually more nutritious and healthier. (4)
  9. Overall antioxidant levels actually increase by 30% when organic tomatoes are cooked. (7)
  10. Organic tomatoes have double the concentration of two specific types of flavonoids – quercetin and kaempferol – which are known to have potent antioxidant properties. (2)
  11. Since organic farming ensures that no harmful chemicals were used, organic tomatoes ensure that the amount of toxic residues you end up consuming is significantly, which is a major benefit in and of itself. (4)
  12. Organic tomatoes are GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications. (8)
  13. Since organic tomatoes are sourced locally, the money stays within the community.
  14. The organic farmer stands to gain monetarily because he can sell his tomatoes directly to the market without needing middle-men or multiple aggregators.
  15. There is practically no long-distance transportation of organic tomatoes, hence there is also no carbon emission.
  16. Organic farming ensures that the tomato plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
  17. Holistic benefits of organic tomatoes consumption include improved overall health of families and communities and better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion

As is obvious there are numerous benefits of organic tomatoes of which I have listed only a few. Common sense dictates that fruits and vegetables which are natural should be better. That’s what we Indians had been producing tomatoes since ancient times and were managing fine, till suddenly against reason it became fashionable to move towards mechanized farming with use of artificial chemicals. After 60 years of mechanized farming and famines and devastation and drought, the world is realizing the old adage “Old is Gold” and organic tomatoes are once again becoming popular.

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21 Marvelous Benefits of Organic Produce

21 Marvelous Benefits of Organic Produce

In this article I will talk about 21 marvelous benefits of organic produce.

While organic industry is  big thing in the Western world and urban India today, you will be surprised to know that India has been doing organic farming since 7000 BCE! Which means since the beginning of agriculture 9000 years ago in Indian sub-continent we have been doing organic farming continuously.Ironically to embrace modernity after independence in 1947 we gave up organic and moved to Western-style mechanized farming. Once again people are now realizing that  we were always right, as usual, and that the West was wrong, as usual.

Anyway I digress.

Briefly, organic produce is that produce by organic farming which ensures that it

  • is grown in safe soil
  • has no weird genetic or such modifications,
  • is not grown through mechanized farming using artificial chemicals

To know more about organic farming read organic farming principles and practices.

Benefits of Organic Produce

  1. Organic food is most advantageous for babies, as it reduces the carcinogens in the baby’s blood to 1/6th that of normal food. (7)
  2. Organic food leads to higher intake of nutritionally desirable anti-oxidants. (1)
  3. Pesticides even in low doses can increase the risk of cancer. Organic produce has no artificial pesticides, and hence is good for health.
  4. Non-organic produce may contain chemicals like organophosphorus which are harmful for humans, which organic food do not have.
  5. Herbicides and pesticides have been linked to diseases like immune disorders and infertility. Organic produce is free of both herbicides and pesticides and hence is automatically beneficial. (6)
  6. Studies have shown that organic produce can promote better sleeping habits. (7)
  7. Organic produce tastes better than non-organic because it s produced and sold locally and not stored in cold storage and transported over long distances. (2)
  8. As organic farming does not use strong chemicals, there is minimal impact to soil health. In fact studies have show that mechanized farming often leads to deterioration in soil quality and in worst cases can cause desertification.
  9. Organic farming does not damage water sources as no artificial chemicals are used.
  10. Since heavy machinery is not used, organic farming does not cause any air pollution.
  11. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Hence organic milk is better than non-organic milks.
  12. Organic milk has been shown to have 50% more nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids than normal milk.(4)
  13. Organic tomatoes have upto 50% higher concentrations of vitamin C and over twice the quantity of phenolic compounds as compared to normal tomatoes. Plant phenols They help the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia. (8)
  14. Organic produce is rich in anti-oxidants which help in fighting against cancer. (3)
  15. Organic food is GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications. (5)
  16. Since organic produce is sourced locally, the money stays within the community.
  17. In organic farming the producer can reach his local market directly without any middle-men or elaborate network. Hence the organic farmer stands to gain monetarily.
  18. There is practically no long-distance transportation of organic produce, hence there is also no carbon emission.
  19. Organic farming ensures that plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
  20. Holistic benefits of organic produce consumption include improved overall health of families and communities.
  21. Better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion

As is obvious there are numerous benefits of organic produce of which I have listed only a few. Common sense dictates that natural should be better. That’s what we Indians had been doing since ancient times and managing fine, till suddenly against reason it became fashionable to move towards artificial. After 60 years of mechanized farming and famines and devastation and drought, the world is realizing the old adage “Old is Gold”.

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Sprouting – 3 Benefits

prouting and its 3 Benefits

Sprouting is the process whereby seeds are germinated so that they may be cooked or eaten in raw form. Sprouting is a very common practice in Eastern Asian cuisine as well as in Indian sub-continent. Sprouts can be produced at home as well as industrially.

Sprouting involves soaking grains, seeds, nuts, or legumes so that they start germinating and start producing pod-like protrusions.

Sprouting provides a number if health and nutritional benefits.

Anti-nutrient Lectins and how Sprouting Helps

Anti-nutrients make nutrients less effective.

Lectins are a category of proteins that easily bind to cell membranes, given their sticky and glue-like nature. They are abundant in plants, especially in raw legumes, grains, tomato, potato, eggplant and pepper. They are also present in specific vegetables as well as in milk products. In the plant world, lectins help the plant against fungus and insects attacks.

However in humans, lectins attach to healthy intestinal cells and cause inflammation. Also known as gut permeability, this is the root cause of many ailments.

Lectins being highly durable remain unaffected by high temperatures and by bodily enzymes and digestive juices.

Sprouting is the one of best ways to remove the toxic effect of lectins. Soaking and cooking is another method to mitigate the toxicity of lectins.

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Sprouting also helps in the reduction of other anti-nutrients like phytates, polyphenols like tannin, oxalate which decreases calcium absorption and enzyme inhibitors like trypsin.

Nutritional Benefits of Sprouting

  • Sprouts contain digestive enzyme and are high on certain antioxidants. Antioxidants such as sulphoraphanes reduce insulin resistance and in people with Type-2 diabetes assist in blood-sugar control.
  • Sprouts contain high levels of dietary fiber, vitamin B Complex, digestive enzymes and proteins.
  • Sprouting increases the bioavailability of calcium, zinc and iron.
  • Sprouting prevents the ill-effects of enzyme inhibitors and the sugars producing intestinal gas.
  • Sprouting neutralizes carcinogens found in grains.

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Use of Sprouting in Malting Process

Sprouting is also applied on a large scale to barley as a part of the malting process.

Malt is the basic ingredient used to make beer. Malt is barley that has been sprouted such that enzymes produced convert its starchy to sugar.

Making malt needs barley and water only. A three-step process, steeping, germinating and drying, can transform it to beer.

The grains germinated by soaking in water, and are then prevented from germinating further by using hot air.

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