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Cow Milk : Season driven changes

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Every other day, I have to explain young friends that we don’t love our mother based on how much she fed us the breast milk. Similarly, mother soil or mother gau, must not be judged based on the yield. It is utterly sick world view. Abnormal and clearly against the dharma.

Milk quantity and quality changes with breed, season, terrain and care you provide to mother.So , for once and all, get rid of this pervert mentality to see Gau as milk machine.

When you are blessed by authentic raw cow milk, don’t try to compare it with milk from professional dairies. In Dairy, milk is homogenized, so you will get same quality every day. When you procure milk from Gau shala, quality changes every day, in all seasons!

Since आत्म विद्या, प्राण विद्या are not part of education, and many of us are not even exposed to introduction, it becomes difficult to understand how microbes work (Not that I know everything. I am still learning. )

Ethical Gau Shala takes care of calf
Ethical Gau Shala takes care of calf

Effectiveness of butter milk depends upon many factors. Source of milk, time of churning, season! Even two cows from same Gau shala will different quality based on their lactation cycle! So if you avail milk from Gau shala, it is very much possible that there will be variation in milk quality! It is natural to doubt variation if for last 20-30 years, you have drank dairy based milk! On the contrary – if there is same quality milk from Gau shala, you should doubt! 🙂  Essential solution is trust between you and Gau shala and frequent visits to Gau shala so that we can connect with Gau mata!

It is not religious fanaticism when I claim that desi zebu cattle’s milk is best probiotic food source, it is easily verifiable by modern scientific standards.

In this post (Real Milk vs Factory milk vs Vegan Alternatives), I shared how and why milk source matters.

Please note. Now, modern dairy science realize season driven changes in milk. Our festivals and deeply rooted life understand this as common sense and restrict milk usage in several patches of the year (I have shared here time to time).

We reduce milk usage by the end of summer and again make it regular by onset of शरद ऋतू.

Milk was never a primary reason we revere and worship cows.

Modern dairy science also misled (at least by advertisements) common mass by saying that pasteurization kills all microbes. Not true. Read paper to know more. They also set wrong standards by comparing milk quality by FAT %. Real nectar is not FAT % but type of fat and other minerals! (Which are lost in high heat dairy process!)

This paper also talks about how modern processes of transporting and processing milk changes microbes and fermented food (I shared it here at least twice why butter milk (छास) from market is different from home-made and why fermentation must happen at home).

While this paper talks sensibly, their end goals are still not right. 🙂

Read it. realize it.

http://mbio.asm.org/content/7/4/e00836-16

The Core and Seasonal Microbiota of Raw Bovine Milk in Tanker Trucks and the Impact of Transfer to a Milk Processing Facility

“Raw milk harbors diverse bacteria that are crucial determinants of the quality and safety of fluid milk and (fermented) dairy products. These bacteria enter farm milk during transport, storage, and processing. Although pathogens are destroyed by pasteurization, not all bacteria and their associated enzymes are eliminated. Our comprehensive analyses of the bacterial composition of raw milk upon arrival and shortly after storage at major dairy processors showed that the communities of milk microbiota are highly diverse. Even with these differences, there was a core microbiota that exhibited distinct seasonal trends. Remarkably, the effects of the processing facility outweighed those of the raw milk microbiome and the microbial composition changed distinctly within some but not all silos within a short time after transfer. “

Seasonal variation in milk vitamin contents available for processing in Punjab, Pakistan

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658077X12000033

Seasonal variation in milk composition has attained core attention for consistent quality of dairy products at a global scale. Due to escalating scientific awareness, consumers are tracking toward nutritionally enhanced milk based functional products that have elevated their market demand. The current research was planned to evaluate localities and seasonal variation in fat, protein, lactose and vitamins (A, E, C) in milk (mix cow and buffalo milk) available for processing. The seasonal duration ranged from April 2008 to March 2009. The fat, protein and lactose contents of milk from all zones significantly varied throughout the season. Moreover, fat (5.4%) & protein (3.22%) contents were high in February, while maximum lactose content (6.26%) was observed in January. Additionally, minimum fat (4.3%), protein (2.3%) and lactose (4.93%) contents were observed in summer months. Highest vitamin C content (6.68 mg/100 g) of milk was recorded in February, whereas vitamin A (264.5 IU/100) and vitamin E (0.226 mg/100 g) were obtained in August and June, respectively. It was noted that vitamin A and E contents were high in August and subsequently declined till March. Conclusively, the current exploration proved helpful to analyze seasonal variation in milk composition with special reference to vitamins for consistent quality end products.

Milk Components: Understanding the Causes and Importance of Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd

http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/nutrition/nutrition-and-feeding/diet-formulation-and-evaluation/milk-components-understanding-the-causes-and-importance-of-milk-fat-and-protein-variation-in-your-dairy-herd

 

Season vs Milk Fat
Season vs Milk Fat
Level of fat and protein varies across herds and seasonally. Ranges represent one standard deviation above and below the average. The solid line in the center of each range indicates the average for that month. For the three years studied, milk fat% averaged 3.76 ± 0.32 (blue), and milk protein% averaged 3.05 ± 0.19 (orange). (Bailey et al., 2005).

Season dramatically affects milk fat and protein (refer to Figure 1). The hot, humid months (July and August in the northeast) depress fat and protein content. There is a gradual increase of protein and fat in milk through the fall and peak levels occur in the colder months of winter. As temperatures increase through the spring, component levels are gradually decreased. These changes may be indicative of feed intake patterns, which are lower in summer due to changes in weather and temperature.

Effect of season of birth on milk, fat, and protein production of Israeli Holsteins.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8827465

The effects of birth month on production of milk, fat, and protein and percentages of fat and protein were analyzed based on production records of 101,653 first parity, 77,541 second parity, and 51,856 third parity Israeli Holstein cows. Each parity was analyzed separately. The analysis model also included the effects of herd-year, DIM, calving age, and calving month. First parity Type III sums of squares for birth month were nearly as large as those for calving month but decreased for later parities. Similar results were obtained using multiplicative models in which the dependent variables were the logarithms of the production traits. The effects of calving month and birth month were not similar, but birth month had similar effects for milk, fat, and protein production. Production was lowest by cows born in the early spring and highest by cows born in the fall. Analyses of the log-transformed traits showed that the F values for calving month were greater than, and the F values for birth month were nearly identical to, the F values for the untransformed trait analyses. The physiological basis for these trends was not clear.

Desi cow is is कामधेनु! do you know what is the meaning of कामधेनु?

Kamdhenu
Kamdhenu

श्रियः प्रदुग्धे विपदो रुणद्धि
यशांसि सूते मलिनं प्रमार्ष्टि ।
संस्कारशौचेन परं पुनीते
शुद्धा हि वुद्धिः किल कामधेनुः ॥

शुद्ध बुद्धि सचमुच कामधेनु है, क्यों कि वह संपत्ति को दोहती है, विपत्ति को रुकाती है, यश दिलाती है, मलिनता धो देती है, और संस्काररुप पावित्र्य द्वारा अन्य को पावन करती है ।

Like knowledge, mother helps us by preventing difficult situations and purifying our environment (both internal body and external)

Think beyond FAT % while doing Gau seva and receiving Prasad (milk)

Grain Storage : Then and Now

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grainstorage

In ideal, prosperous Kingdoms of Bharat, storing food for future was critical state duty. One can judge the success of the state based on their dedication of storing of food for citizens.

Ancient Kings, quipped with master astrology scientists as their Ratna in the assembly, could predict bad monsoon followed by famine very precisely. Famines were expected as a natural cycle.

They do not either plant crops during famine or do not use it food. For such bad years, they utilize stored grains. This is to provide highly nutritious food for all citizens so that they are not devoid of Prana and do not forget path of their dharma.

This is one of the finest way to maintain crimes in the state. Because, it is mal-nutrition that causes major mental disorders driven crimes.

This storage was never a centralized facility. It was distributed at village level. Highly decentralized facility. Unlike modern India’s wastage of precious grains.

This duty was shared by citizens too. They also used to store grains at individual family level.

One of the benefits of using old grain is that grain goes through all different environmental conditions and imbibe protection against the odds. When subjects eat it, they too are blessed with the quantum information instructions stored in grains. Not only grains, ghee, jaggery, turmeric, honey – they all were stored based on same principle.

It is high time we revive this forgotten ritual at state level and at individual level.

Processed Bananas : Avoid

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banana-ripening

I was planning to reply my friend @vir sumit about his query on incompatible food items (Banana and milk). But before coming to the point, I thought to write separate note on Banana and market practices.

Bananna bunches are harvested when they are 70% to 80% ripen. Rest of the ripening process happen on ground. As per my personal experience, untreated banana takes little more than a week to become fully ripen. Till then, they remain shriveled and green. This is natural method. Ideal and healthy.

What market follows?

8 days, 9 days, 10 days – these are too long durations to wait for our generations of vendors. They cannot wait so long. To meet the regular domestic requirement, green banana bunches are artificially ripened.
Smoke treatment is one of the most common methods adopted to induce ripening. In this method, banana bunches are exposed to smoke generated by burning kerosene stove inside the airtight chambers for 24 h. As a result, we get artificially ripen yellow bananas, treated with carbon monoxide.

Another method is that bananas are artificially ripened in local markets by the use of banned chemical calcium carbide.

Both are ugly and hazardous methods. So don’t expect banana benefits when you have no choice but artificially ripen bananas.

Buy half ripen bunches and let them get ripen naturally at home. Or else, face the consequences of Carbon monoxide and calcium carbide.

The Short-sighted Convenience food

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Convenience food, or tertiary processed food, is commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption.Products designated as convenience foods are often prepared food stuffs that can be sold as hot, ready-to-eat dishes; as room-temperature, shelf-stable products; or as refrigerated or frozen products that require minimal preparation (typically just heating).

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What type of Convenience is this? Why are we so lack of time that we cannot even serve fresh food to self?
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In Kullu valley, I had a chance to ride with local farmer(In 2010). Apples with rough and ugly shape/skin go to newly flourished food processing shops while apples with beautiful skin (of course chemically processed for exact shape and color desire of a urban buyer) come in our shops. He advised, ‘sahab, Apple khana band kar do. Package mein bhi jehar hai aur package ke baahar bhi…’
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Govt of India’s vision: To make India a global leader in production, consumption and export of safe, hygienic, nutritious and quality processed food items leading to growth of rural income and national GDP. (From Ministry of Food Processing Industries site)
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Under the age old stereotype cover i.e. :”We encourage any XYZ food industry to help the poor farmers”, Govt put middle men with hefty cash (to start food processing plant and retail chains) in between farms and homes, and change citizens habits to eat more frozen packaged foods.

Who will be benefitted?
>> Food processing industries
>> Big retail
>> Doctors
>> Pharmacy

Certainly, not you and me.

Oh, last but not the least, quiz for you. Who is Minister of the MOFPI (Ministry of Food Processing Industries)?

Yoga and Food

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मिताहारं विना यस्तु योगारम्भः तु कारयेत्।
नानारोगो भवेत्तस्य किञ्चिद्योगो न सिध्यति ॥१६॥

He who practices Yogic exercises without moderation of diet, incurs various diseases, and obtains no success of any kind.

Moderation of diet is very important in Yogic exercises, dhyana or in any type of sadhana. If this is missed, success of any kind is not possible.

When Yogic exercises are performed as just another way of aerobic exercise, we not only incur any benefit but also damage body severely.

Teens, junk food and depression

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As per research [1] , Suicide has been around for as long as human society, ranking among the top 13 causes of death in all ages worldwide and continues to challenge our collective wisdom. The present study showed that suicide rates have increased since 1994, indicating a grave problem that needs to be solved.

Two things to note:

  1. Suicide is extreme stage of depression
  2. Indian market was flooded with fast food with 1991 liberalization

As per this research [2] , A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Consumption of carbohydrates increases blood sugar levels to varying degrees, depending on the type of food ingested. The more highly refined the carbohydrate, the higher its score on the glycemic index (GI) scale. The GI scale, which goes from 0-100, measures the amount of sugar found in the blood after eating. Refined foods such as white bread, white rice, and soda trigger a hormonal response in the body to reduce blood sugar levels. This response also may cause or exacerbate mood changes, fatigue, and other symptoms of depression.

The investigators found that progressively higher dietary GI scores and consumption of added sugars and refined grains were associated with increased risk of new-onset depression in post-menopausal women. Greater consumption of dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and non-juice fruits was associated with decreased risk. This suggests that dietary interventions could serve as treatments and preventive measures for depression. Further study is needed to examine the potential of this novel option for treatment and prevention and to see if similar results are found in the broader population.

Fast Food Depression Img: http://goo.gl/wSDCTe
Fast Food Depression

Img: http://goo.gl/wSDCTe


References


[1] Trends in rates and methods of suicide in India

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090536X13000245

[2] High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2015/06/24/ajcn.114.103846.abstract

Food, Taste and Dosha : Chart

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Diet and Dosha
Diet and Dosha

If you can detect predominant Prakriti (Pitta, Kapha, Vayu) of your body and doshic symptoms of specific day (based on breathing examination, stool exam, urine exam), you can design your daily routine food accordingly. You can become architect of your own life in true sense. You can heal your body by acting like a wise doctor.

Art and science of Cooking in Ayurveda is governed by 6 tastes. Depending upon the need, of increasing or decreasing specific dosha, you can prepare food for self and family members by carefully examining them daily morning during Sandhya time (Prayer time when entire family sit together).

This chart can help you.

 

Soya vs Coconut : Market Driven vs Nature Driven

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A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods, UC Riverside researchers found. Illustration credit: Denise Wolf
A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods, UC Riverside researchers found. Illustration credit: Denise Wolf

There was intense marketing of Soybean during last 35 years. From doctors to dietitians to Govt of India. Everyone praised it and promoted it. We ate it bindas! We grow it mindlessly! Even in regions where Soya was never sown! 🙂

At the cost of what?

Our traditional oils. Groundnut, sesame (til), coconut. Blaming them unhealthy.

Read this research. In one diet the researchers used coconut oil, which consists primarily of saturated fat. In the second diet about half of the coconut oil was replaced with soybean oil, which contains primarily polyunsaturated fats and is a main ingredient in vegetable oil. That diet corresponded with roughly the amount of soybean oil Americans currently consume.Compared to mice on the high coconut oil diet, mice on the high soybean oil diet showed increased weight gain, larger fat deposits, a fatty liver with signs of injury, diabetes and insulin resistance, all of which are part of the Metabolic Syndrome.

So called healthy Soya is even more risky than fructose we eat in processed food.

This Soya oil is now part of most if not all fast food, including chocolates and biscuits.

Many Soya defenders argue that Chinese are eating Soya for 1000s of years but they are not fat. 🙂 Well, as I discussed many times, all food sources are valid in their local environments. Chinese have proper environment to help digest Soya. We don’t have! And we don’t even cook soya the way Chinese or Japanese or anyone in cold region cooks.

And what we eat as Soybean is way different than what Chinese and Japanese used to eat. Our Soybean is 95% genetically modified!

Local traditions is solution. Eat what your grandmother cooks or eat. Eat what people of your region generally eat. Do not get trapped under the illusion of fancy ads and adopt exotic food.

Same is the case of Sunflower oil. It is for Europeans. Not for us.

Replace your oil intake with more local options. Unrefined oils.

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The study also includes extensive analysis of changes in gene expression and metabolite levels in the livers of mice fed these diets. The most striking results were those showing that soybean oil significantly affects the expression of many genes that metabolize drugs and other foreign compounds that enter the body, suggesting that a soybean oil-enriched diet could affect one’s response to drugs and environmental toxicants, if humans show the same response as mice.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0132672

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has led to extensive research into potential contributing dietary factors, especially fat and fructose. Recently, increased consumption of soybean oil, which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), has been proposed to play a causal role in the epidemic. Here, we designed a series of four isocaloric diets (HFD, SO-HFD, F-HFD, F-SO-HFD) to investigate the effects of saturated versus unsaturated fat, as well as fructose, on obesity and diabetes. C57/BL6 male mice fed a diet moderately high in fat from coconut oil and soybean oil (SO-HFD, 40% kcal total fat) showed statistically significant increases in weight gain, adiposity, diabetes, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance compared to mice on a diet consisting primarily of coconut oil (HFD). They also had fatty livers with hepatocyte ballooning and very large lipid droplets as well as shorter colonic crypt length. While the high fructose diet (F-HFD) did not cause as much obesity or diabetes as SO-HFD, it did cause rectal prolapse and a very fatty liver, but no balloon injury. The coconut oil diet (with or without fructose) increased spleen weight while fructose in the presence of soybean oil increased kidney weight. Metabolomics analysis of the liver showed an increased accumulation of PUFAs and their metabolites as well as γ-tocopherol, but a decrease in cholesterol in SO-HFD. Liver transcriptomics analysis revealed a global dysregulation of cytochrome P450 (Cyp) genes in SO-HFD versus HFD livers, most notably in the Cyp3a and Cyp2c families. Other genes involved in obesity (e.g., Cidec, Cd36), diabetes (Igfbp1), inflammation (Cd63), mitochondrial function (Pdk4) and cancer (H19) were also upregulated by the soybean oil diet. Taken together, our results indicate that in mice a diet high in soybean oil is more detrimental to metabolic health than a diet high in fructose or coconut oil.

 

Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

Vitamin B12 Deficiency, GUT and Muladhara

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Yesterday was harsh day of this season. Heavy rain, humid, and extreme heat. My friend and I, working on critical task, felt exhausted. Dehydrated.

Friend suggested :”I think it is again Vitamin B12 deficiency! I think I will need injections again!”

I wondered. How a simple season driven exhaustion is turned into deficiency! 🙁

There were two things at play for both of us. 1) Stress induced non-healthy GUT 2) lack of healthy food for days.

Solution is to take rest. Worship Ganesha and eat healthy season driven food!

 

B12 Eyewash
B12 Eyewash

Modern medicine has reduced wholesome food into supplement status symbols.

Oh, B12 ? Take injections!
Oh Vit A? Take this supplement!

This is nothing but eyewash. Unless we correct our GUT, there is no hope for malnutrition.Malnutrition may manifest as either obesity or undernutrition. Accumulating evidence suggests that the gut microbiota plays an important role in the harvest, storage, and expenditure of energy obtained from the diet.

Gut Health
Gut Health

One person might have stronger nerves than another because she has a better stock of vitamin B–producing bacteria. Another person might be able to deal easily with bit of bread mold eaten by mistake. Yet another might have a tendency to gain weight because the “chubby” bacteria in his gut feed him a bit too willingly. Science is just beginning to understand that each of us is an entire ecosystem.

You take all costly B-12 injections or Vitamin A supplement or Vitamin C but if your GUT is not healthy, they are garbage and will be purged within 72 hrs via urine and stool!

There is no shortcut for healthy life. Stop nonsensical torture on body first. Stop all processed acidic food so that bacteria have chance to get flourished in you GUT. Then stop stressful events in life. Late night parties, tongue-lust driven non-seasonal food – stop it if you really want your B12 injections to work.

Above all physical nutrition, health is all mental. To correct your mental stress and linked sick GUT, this is best season. गणपति is protector of GUT. As per Tantra-Shashtra, गणपति lives in Muladhara, an energy center near GUT. It is your mind that helps प्राणमय शरीर (cellular intelligence) to form health अन्नमय शरीर (physical body) (Do not ask proof. Modern proof-based science cannot swim in this sea of knowledge at this moment). Experiment! Does not matter if you are an atheist! Or follow any other religion. गणपति is eternal, beyond religious boundaries.

Worship and surrender to गणपति. That is the beginning of the yearly healthy GUT.

ॐ गणेशाय नमः |

Muladhara Protector
Muladhara Protector

Research


Bacteria as vitamin suppliers to their host: a gut microbiota perspective.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22940212

Food-related lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as well as human gut commensals such as bifidobacteria can de novo synthesize and supply vitamins. This is important since humans lack the biosynthetic capacity for most vitamins and these must thus be provided exogenously. Although vitamins are present in a variety of foods, deficiencies still occur, mainly due to malnutrition as a result of insufficient food intake and because of poor eating habits. Fermented milks with high levels of B-group vitamins (such as folate and riboflavin) can be produced by LAB-promoted and possibly bifidobacteria-promoted biosynthesis. Moreover, certain strains of LAB produce the complex vitamin cobalamin (or vitamin B12). In this review, fermented foods with elevated levels of B-group vitamins produced by LAB used as starter cultures will be covered. In addition, genetic abilities for vitamin biosynthesis by selected human gut commensals will be discussed.

Vitamin B12 synthesis by human small intestinal bacteria.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7354869

In man, physiological amounts of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) are absorbed by the intrinsic factor mediated mechanism exclusively in the ileum. Human faeces contain appreciable quantities of vitamin B12 or vitamin B12-like material presumably produced by bacteria in the colon, but this is unavailable to the non-coprophagic individual. However, the human small intestine also often harbours a considerable microflora and this is even more extensive in apparently healthy southern Indian subjects. We now show that at least two groups of organisms in the small bowel, Pseudomonas and Klebsiella sp., may synthesise significant amounts of the vitamin.

Effects of Gut Microbes on Nutrient Absorption and Energy Regulation

Malnutrition may manifest as either obesity or undernutrition. Accumulating evidence suggests that the gut microbiota plays an important role in the harvest, storage, and expenditure of energy obtained from the diet. The composition of the gut microbiota has been shown to differ between lean and obese humans and mice; however, the specific roles that individual gut microbes play in energy harvest remain uncertain. The gut microbiota may also influence the development of conditions characterized by chronic low-level inflammation, such as obesity, through systemic exposure to bacterial lipopolysaccharide derived from the gut microbiota. In this review, the role of the gut microbiota in energy harvest and fat storage is explored, as well as differences in the microbiota in obesity and undernutrition.

 

Food Cannot Be Global

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Can your neighboring village farmer grow Apples?
No.
Can he grow bananas?
Yes.
Pappaya?
Yes.
Cherry?
No.

So for you, “An apple a day keeps doctor away” is actually “A banana a day keeps doctor away” or “A Pappaya a day keeps doctor away”

Nature grows all your needs in your surroundings. Eat locally grown food. Our demand for Apples force farmers in Himachal and Kashmir to use deadly chemicals to increase production. This vicious cycle ruins their local environment and your stomach too. Since Apples travel thousand kms before they arrive at home, more chemicals are used to keep them fresh.

When nature grows everything for you in your surroundings, why strive for something foreign? When you visit Himachal, have as much apples you can. Even in Punjab and Haryana, it is fine. But having apples in Kerala is insult to coconut and banana. 🙂

Use common sense. Search your food from local soil.Reduce transportation burden, chemical burden and save environment and your health

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