Updated: Oct 31
Embarking on a journey through the pickle aisle, one cannot ignore the silent culprits that often lurk within the jars—traditional oils and excessive salt. While these timeless condiments have been staples in pickle recipes for generations, their health implications cast a shadow over the crunchy delights we've grown to love. Traditional oils laden with saturated fats and sodium levels soaring through the roof have long been associated with potential health risks. It's time to unravel the pickle paradox and explore a path that harmonizes flavour with well-being. At Bawa Gone Goan, we've set out to revolutionize the pickle experience, bidding farewell to the health pitfalls of yesteryears and embracing a new era of pickling that's as nourishing as it is delicious.
Just like the fusion of our Parsi and Goan cuisine, the idea of combining pickles with health-conscious choices was born. Our founders, Prochi and Nixon, embarked in 2020, researching and planning to create a menu that goes beyond just flavour—it's about nourishing the body and soul.
Heart Health Matters: Healthy oils like olive oil, are rich in monounsaturated fats. These fats are known to promote heart health by lowering bad cholesterol levels. When you savour our pickles, you're not just enjoying a burst of flavour; you're also giving your heart some love
A Boost of Antioxidants: Olive oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants. These compounds help combat oxidative stress in the body, reducing inflammation and supporting overall well-being. When it comes to pickles, choosing oils with antioxidant properties adds a healthful dimension to your palate
Essential Fatty Acids: Healthy oils are a source of essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids play a crucial role in brain use and are known to have anti-inflammatory effects. By incorporating these oils into our pickles, we aim to contribute not just to your taste buds but also to your cognitive health
Preserving Nutrient Content: Unlike some commercially sourced oils that undergo heavy processing, healthy oils retain their nutritional value. When we craft our pickles, we prioritize preserving the goodness of the ingredients, ensuring that you get a flavourful and nutritious experience in every bite
Navigating the Preservative Landscape: The Smart Use of Salt
While pickles are renowned for their tangy flavour, the magic often lies in the artful use of salt. At Bawa Gone Goan, we understand the balance between flavour and health, and here's why we opt for smart salting:
Preserve Without dominating: Salt inhibits the growth of microorganisms, so its use for centuries is just our ancestors ensuring that your pickles stay fresh for an extended period. However, the key is moderation. We use just enough salt to preserve the integrity of our pickles without overwhelming your taste buds
Balancing Sodium Intake: Excessive sodium intake is associated with various health issues, including high blood pressure. By carefully regulating the salt content in our pickles, we aim to provide you with a savoury treat that adds joy to your meals without tipping the scales on your sodium intake
Enhancing Flavour Complexity: Salt is not just a preservative; it's a flavor enhancer. When used judiciously, it can elevate the taste profile of pickles, bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients. At Bawa Gone Goan, our approach to salting is an art—a delicate balance that enhances, not overpowers
Beware the Tempting Shortcut: The Pitfalls of Artificial Preservatives
Modern preserving methods also rely heavily on artificial preservatives as a tempting shortcut. However, this convenience comes at a cost—your health. Artificial preservatives, such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and various sulfites, are often employed to extend shelf life and enhance colour, but they bring with them a slew of potential hazards
From allergic reactions to disrupting the delicate balance of our gut microbiota, these synthetic additives can wreak havoc on our well-being. At Bawa Gone Goan, we stand firm against this perilous path, choosing instead the wisdom of natural preservation methods. In every jar of our pickles, you'll find a commitment to your health that goes beyond the transient allure of artificial shortcuts. Because, in the realm of pickles, the true art lies in preserving tradition without compromising on your well-being
In the grand tapestry of pickles, the choice of oils and the artful use of salt are crucial threads that weave together a flavourful and healthful experience. At Bawa Gone Goan, we invite you to savour the richness of healthy oils and the smart use of salt in our pickles—a celebration of taste, tradition, and well-being. So, bid adieu to the perilous path of artificial pickles, and join us in a journey where each crunchy bite is not just a burst of flavour but also a step towards a healthier, happier you.