What to Look For in Organic Drinks

Organic drinks are all the rage these days. This is because this trend combines the benefits and sell-ability of drinks such as juices, teas, etc., with the benefits of Organic items. Such products are not only good for you, but for the environment as well. In the following paragraphs, we are giving you an overview of what organic actually means, the benefits that come with it, as well as how to find the best Organic drinks for yourself. Read on to find out!

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What is Organic?

Organic is a widely used term nowadays. But first, let's see what Organic really means. In agriculture, Organic refers to growing crops of fruits and vegetables, etc., without the use of harmful, artificial chemicals:

These organic crops are grown in compliance with the standards and regulations set for Organic agriculture. It usually employs techniques that are eco-friendly, and become part of the natural cycle of the world, as well as uses growth-boosting products that are made with natural ingredients and chemicals.
This minimizes the absorption of chemicals in the fruits and vegetables produces, as well as in the soil, surrounding air, and water.

Benefits of Going Organic

Here is the benefits of having organic drinks:

1. Uses Renewable Resources
2. Promotes Ecological Balance
3. Increases Biodiversity
4. Reduces Pollution
5. Boosts Soil Productivity
6. Nutrient Rich
7. Tastes Better
8. Minimum Additives

  • Uses Renewable Resources – Practices such as using manure and compost, crop rotation, etc., are all renewable resources, as well as using the natural wildlife in the surrounding to control the insect population, and planting filler crops in the offseason to keep the soil fresh and nutrient-dense, are all part of renewable resources.
  • Promotes Ecological Balance – Organic farming is the oldest and most sustainable form of agriculture. It brings farming in harmony with nature using eco-friendly growing techniques. These techniques include using manure and compost as fertilizer instead of harmful chemical fertilizers, natural insect deterrents such as traps, barriers, insect predators, etc., instead of pesticide and insecticide sprays, etc. This kind of chemical abstinence safeguards the eco-system, allowing the natural topology of life to play its proper roles.
  • Increases Biodiversity – The decreased usage of chemicals for weed removal, insect and pest removal, and enhanced crop growth through fertilizer leaves the soil less polluted. This supports the growth of wildlife in the surrounding areas, whether it is plants or animals, as there is more food to consume for both.
  • Reduces Pollution – Employing Organic growing methods decreases the use of artificial chemicals by a lot. This prevents pollution in the soil through chemical fertilizers. At the same time, the lack of pesticide and insecticide spray keeps both the air and soil free of pollution. Lastly, decreased consumption of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides result in decreased production of such products, reducing air and water pollution.
  • Boosts Soil Productivity – Organic farming uses the technique of crop rotation. Different crops take different nutrients from the soil, and crop rotation ensures that the soil is not completely leeched off due to the continuous growth of one crop. The break period allows the soil to refurbish itself with the lacking nutrients before the next cycle.
  • Nutrient Rich – Organic fruits and vegetables are shown to contain more nutrients than their traditionally grown counterparts. This is due to the use of organic growing techniques such as crop rotation, which makes the soil nutrient-rich, as well as using organic fertilizer.
  • Tastes Better – Organic fruits and vegetables have been shown to taste much better than non-organic ones. This is due to the sustainable practices employed in organic agriculture, making the produce taste richer.
  • Minimum Additives – Most Organic juice brands add little to no additives in their products. Whereas, non-organic juices are full of preservatives to ensure a longer shelf-life, as well as sugar to enhance the taste.

How to Choose Organic Drinks

Here are the few tips on how to choose organic drinks:

1. Choose 100% Fruit Juice
2. Look for the Label
3. Buy Fresh as much as Possible

  • Choose 100% Fruit Juice – When it comes to choosing Organic juices, opt for items that contain 100% fruit juice and no concentrate. Concentrate is not as healthy as the juice of course, and along with concentrate, it will also include additives and preservatives.
  • Look for the Label – Foods with a label of ‘Organic’ feature a 100% organic composition. This percentage can be measured by weight or volume and does not include salt and water. Products with this label are made with at least 95% organic ingredients, excluding water and salts. Similarly, USDA Organic’s green and white seal label can only be given by any of the 50 accredited certified USDA agents. ‘Made with Organic Ingredients’ label certifies that the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients in its composition.
  • Buy Fresh as much as Possible – Instead of buying bottled organic drinks, opt for freshly made ones as much as possible. The fresher, the better!

Types of Organic Drinks

Here are the types of organic drinks:

1. Juices
2. Smoothies
3. Tea
4. Coffee
5. Plant-based Milk
6. Protein Shakes

  • Juices – Organic juices are by far the best and easiest way to reach your vegetable and fruit intake for the day. Organic juice does not only contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than traditional produce, but they also taste better. Organic juice boosts the immune system, aids in digestion, and is great for overall health.
  • Smoothies – Smoothies are a commonly consumed item these days. Smoothies can include anything from Avocados and bananas, to kale and cucumber. They are more filling then regular juices and there is no end to possible smoothie combinations.
  • Tea – Tea is always good, whether hot or iced. Organic tea choices include buckwheat tea, black tea, ayurvedic and herbal teas, green tea, etc., and can be infused with flavors such as lemon, cardamom, ginger, coconut, chamomile, and many more. Similarly, iced teas can be infused with fruity flavors of your choice such as peach and strawberry.
  • Coffee – Coffee is another fan-favorite. Nowadays, it is easy to get your hands on Organic coffee beans. Many coffee shops also serve organic brewed coffee, as do manufacturing companies.There is a variety of Organic coffee blends available, infused with chai, green tea, and other such flavorings.
  • Plant-based Milk – Plant-based milk includes Soy, Almond, Coconut, Rice, Oat, Pea, Hemp, milk and more. The amount of nutrition in plant-based milk depends on the type and quality of plant it is extracted from. However, they are a great milk option for Vegan lifestyle.
  • Protein Shakes – Protein shakes work great before and after workout as they supply to the body the energy it needs to workout properly without a burnout, as well as to heal and become stronger afterwards. There is a wide range of protein shake flavor blends available that are all organic.

About the Author

Eliza Ward

Eliza Ward is a health enthusiast, nature lover, and full-time mother for 3 lovely kids in South Africa. She has always had a fetish for organic products and has the best product recommendations for all her friends and family. So she turned what she loved into her full-time job - by testing and recommending the best organic goods for our online readers. Read her reviews to know how detailed her observations are.