This Organic Thing
Replies: 64 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2012 7:33 AM Last Post By: sashac001
Feb 9, 2012 10:12 PM
This Organic ThingCan people really taste the difference?
Last week I accepted a guest who'd been badgering me to come stay, needed the fresh air and relaxation whilst writing a book, also wanted fresh organic fruit veg salad etc., so I obliged her and have been feeding her what she wanted. Now the other day while I was cleaning her room, I noticed a plastic bag full of half opened packets of cookies crisps and sweets (all generic brands) together with a half empty 200 box of generic brand cigarettes, I haven't question her because it's none of my business. But every day she chirps up with "I only eat organic and will only have organic olive oil on my organic salads" and now my bottom lip is so badly bruised where I've bitten it that I really would like to ask how she could possibly tell the difference after gorging her self on crap in the confines of her room.
Is it a psychological thing like people think it's doing them good or can people really tell the difference? I exercise regularly, eat good in moderation, do little coffee and don't smoke, but can I tell the difference... no!
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Feb 11, 2012 4:27 AM
Feb 11, 2012 9:31 AM
9I eat organic because I think it's better for the environment and me. Generally organic is unprocessed so it infers more veggies and fruits rather than pre-packaged meals (if that makes any sense at all). In other words I'm trying to include fresh foods in my diet for health as well. Taste? I'd like to think they taste better, and I don't believe they're generally treated with some of the chemicals that extend the shelf life of other produce so are generally fresher. So fewer chemical, better for the enviro, better for me, fresher foods better for me, less processed foods, better for me to put it non-grammatically.
I also eat some crisps, cookie, snack foods etc. My philosophy is to make try to have a good base diet, but don't deny myself some of the less healthy snacks/foods if I want them. Just do those in moderation. Of course I don't hide them under the bed.
She sounds a treat.
Guess I hadn't heard anything about the fair trade fiasco. Will look into it.
Feb 11, 2012 10:35 AM
10'Tortured' chicken tastes of nothing - and the texture is dreadful; by contrast, free-range or organic chicken tastes of chicken.
As for veg, I almost always buy organic root veg, not least potatoes - they absorb massive amounts of nasty spray as they grow, if non organic. And I always buy organic lettuce too.
Feb 11, 2012 11:13 AM
Feb 11, 2012 12:00 PM
12I also eat some crisps, cookie, snack foods etc. My philosophy is to make try to have a good base diet, but don't deny myself some of the less healthy snacks/foods if I want them. Just do those in moderation.
But aren't you robbing Peter to pay Paul by eating processed food which contain chemicals that extend the shelf life, surely your defeating the object of fresher food being better for you-no?.
Of course there will be those people (like my guest) who put non organic in the same bracket as GM food, a subject I couldn't resist dropping on her last night after a mouthful of wild rocket fennel and orange salad excited her taste buds with a cacophony of flavours (her words), I omitted to tell her where I got the rocket, it was growing in a some loose mortar on the side of a building at the back of my house. The oranges and fennel were definitely GM as was the lettuce spinach and other greens she scoffed vigorously. I had thought she might be bulimic but her legs tell a different story, she seems to be suffering knee gout instead.
Feb 11, 2012 7:02 PM
Feb 11, 2012 7:49 PM
14The whole "I can taste the difference" thing reminds me of when one of the first soft margarines was introduced. The TV commercials claimed that it tasted just like butter, but my brother said that he'd be able to tell the difference. I bet that he couldn't.
We bought a package, and I prepared ten squares of bread, five spread with the margarine and the other five spread with butter that I had left out to soften. My brother guessed wrong on seven of the ten samples.
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