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Why Should You Choose Organic Atta?

Why Should You Choose Organic Atta?

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Why Should You Choose Organic Atta?

Organic Food
7.07.2020

What Are The Wheat Benefits Of Atta?

Atta is one of the types of flour that we prominently use as an ingredient in India. It is made out of whole wheat kernel that is ground into a very fine powder. This atta can be used to make chapati, puri, phulka, tandoori roti, and north Indian parotta.

Although made from wheat as well, maida or white flour is not as healthy as atta is. This is because maida is made from only the endosperm of the wheat kernel whereas atta is made from the endosperm, bran, and the germ of the kernel. Therefore, atta has more nutrient value than maida does and the wheat benefits significantly outweigh those of white flour.

According to Sprout Monk, each of the above-mentioned types of flour has different offerings in terms of wheat nutrition:

  • Atta contains proteins, fibres, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates, all of which are important food groups
  • Maida, on the other hand, is mainly made up of carbohydrates only

Further, maida is bleached as a part of the production process, whereas atta is not.

What Is Organic Food?

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Organic food is food that is grown naturally without the influence of chemicals through pesticides, insecticides, and even fertilisers. Switching to organic food has multiple benefits over the more common regular variants that are available. Some of these benefits have been elaborated on below:

  • Increase In Nutritional Value – Organic food contains more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are good for increasing your body’s immunity. This will allow you to fight off any infection you may contract effectively
  • Reduction In The Consumption Of Toxins – When plants are grown inorganically, artificial pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers increase the toxins that you consume. Organic products, on the other hand, are chemical-free and this reduces the toxin intake which in turn reduces your risk of contracting different types of cancer and birth defects
  • Better Taste – Organic products are known to be better tasting than ones that are grown with artificial enhancers. For example, organic fruits have firmer textures and more intense flavours than non-organic ones
  • Better Quality – All organic foods have international standards that they must adhere to in order to be certified for sale. This ensures the best quality of the product that is being sold to you
  • Better For The Environment – Non-organic farming leads to soil and water pollution. Organic farming, on the other hand, maintains the richness and fertility of the soil as well as enhances the nutrients in the groundwater

What Is The Difference Between Organic Atta And Regular Atta?

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Organic atta is different from regular atta in a number of ways. We have discussed these below:

  • Organically grown atta contains little to no chemical content, whether that is from insecticides, pesticides or fertilisers than regular atta. This is done in order to preserve the natural nutrients of the wheat plant and not alter its structure in any way. Even if there are pesticides and fertilisers used, care is taken to ensure that these are organic as well.
  • Next, since the wheat kernels extracted have very little chemical content because of lesser inorganic additives, organic atta  is softer and smoother in texture when compared to the inorganic counterpart
  • It is also more nutritious than regular atta, in that it has more anti-oxidants and higher values for almost all other food groups since the nutritious layers of the wheat kernel are preserved. Additionally, organic atta is low in calories, a rich source of carbohydrates, and excellent for your body’s digestive system
  • With the smoother texture and less chemical content, the taste of organic atta is also significantly different from the non-organic variant and better feeling on the palate

In addition to these wheat benefits, another advantage of using organic atta is that the process used to grow the wheat it is milled from is environment friendly and sustainable. This keeps in mind the health of the ecosystem and ensures that the soil is fertile for the future as well.

How Is Organic Atta Made?

  • Organic atta is made by using a traditional chakki. A chakki is a flour mill, and atta that is made in these mills is fresh and highly nutritious. Stones are used to slowly grind the wheat, ensuring that the temperature does not shoot up too high.
  • Non-organic atta is made in industrial flour mills that employ steel rollers to grind the flour. These steel rollers emit high amounts of heat that can end up killing the good nutrients present in the flour.

Thus, the more traditional method of preparing organic atta retains the wholesomeness of the wheat grains. The best organic wheat brands will have their atta ground in chakkis, and you can check for this information on the brand’s website.

What Are The Nutritional Facts Of Organic Atta?

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Compared to regular atta, organic atta has higher nutritional values. The table below indicates approximate values for each food group per 100 grams of organic atta.

Nutrition Facts per 100g
Energy (kcal) 319
Protein (g) 10.5
Fat  (g) 1.5
Carbohydrates (g) 64.7
Of which Sugars (g) 1.7
Dietary Fiber (g) 11.4
Calcium (mg) 39
Iron (mg) 4.1
Magnesium (mg) 125
Phosphorus (mg) 315
Sodium (mg) 2
Thiamin (mg) 0.46
Riboflavin (mg) 0.15
Niacin (mg) 2.7
Vitamin B-6 (mg) 0.25
Folate, DFE ( g) 29.22

There are several benefits of organic food over the more processed alternative as we have seen above. Making a simple change in your food products can make a huge difference in the long run when it comes to health advantages. Although organic food can appear to be slightly more expensive, the pros of making the switch definitely outweigh the cons.

Atta is particular has many differences when the organic and non-organic variants are compared. Go ahead and try organic atta today, you will see the difference in texture and taste for yourself! What’s more is you will be leading a friendlier lifestyle, not only towards your body but also towards the environment.

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