There are a couple of reasons (pretty important in my option) why you should reach for organic spices over non organic when at the supermarket. I’ve put a little information below so you can make an informed decision next time you’re needing to stock up.
Firstly let’s talk about processing.
Spices need to be sterilized before being sent out to be packaged. Non-Organic spices go through one of two processes. Either irradiation, where the manufacturer literally pumps radioactive particles at the spices, or fumigation, which exposes the spices to harmful carcinogenic gases. These two methods are the cheaper option when it comes to spice sterilization but I know I personally don’t want to be any of that into my body!
Organic spices on the other hand go through a process of sterilization using steam. It’s the more expensive process however one that ensures the spices are sterilized in the most non-harmful way so you can get all those amazing health benefits that the spices hold!
Manufactures generally don’t disclose what their sterilization methods are but basically, if you buy organic spices you’re guaranteed that the spices have been through steam sterilization.
Next up is the obvious point of the spices being organic. You know when you buy organic fruit and veggies that those plants have been grown free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, well it’s the same for your spices. They also tend to be fair trade grown, meaning the farmer is paid a fair price for their crop. (Side note - Botanical Basics organic spices are all fair trade ;) )
Finally you need to know about the potential for additives. Your standard spices may contain additive fillers, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Check the ingredient list, they should say whether or not anything else has been added, but know that if you buy organic spices then you can be sure what you’re getting is the real deal.
So there you have it, a brief little guide to why organic spices are the way to go.