Well, there is in terms of initial outlay of cash from your wallet, but if food is cheap it’s not for good reason. For the most part, cheap food is bad food, and any “savings” one realizes by purchasing it quickly disappears once a little time passes.
The local fast food joint is somehow able to sell two hamburgers for just $2; how is that possible? Two buns, two beef patties, various condiments, paper wrapping, a bag to put them in, the register attendant, the “cook”, and the restaurant overhead – how can they sell two hamburgers for just $2? The true answer, the one they won’t tell you, is that they can’t. At least not the type of hamburger you would choose to cook for yourself at home.
The hamburger may be called “100%” beef, but that only means that 100% of the product comes from some part of the cow. That includes all the yucky parts you wouldn’t willingly eat if you knew that’s what the burger was made out of. “Pink Slime,” a mechanically processed meat filler made from bone fragments, connective tissue and sinew is what the majority of fast food places make their burgers out of. The buns are made from cheap ingredients like nutritionally-void bleached wheat flour and high fructose corn syrup. Condiments? Made from corn products. Cheap fast food isn’t really food at all, but rather it’s just a commodity we use to satisfy hunger while hurting our own health.
Cheap food is a myth.
Non-organic farms are fertilized with toxic sewage. Non-organic fruits and vegetables are coated with layer upon layer of pesticides and fungicides and are also mostly genetically-modified. Factory farm meat, where the animals are treated poorly while being force-fed a continuous diet of corn and antibiotics, leads to meat contaminated with dangerous bacteria and antibiotic-resistance in our own bodies.
All of this leads to increased trips to the doctor, soaring rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, learning disorders and heart disease, and higher health insurance costs for everyone.
If there was ever an item to spend a little more money on, it’s the food we put in our bodies each and every day. Why so many of us don’t blink when paying $4.00 for a Starbucks latte but then complain about a $2.00 organic tomato I will never understand. Food and water are the most important products we can buy; why do we look for the cheap way out? Saving $1.00 this week at the grocery store could cost tens of thousands in medical care a few years later.
In addition to the fact that organic fruits, vegetables and meat weren’t grown using toxic chemicals or raised in toxic environments, they have also been shown to contain more beneficial nutrients than non-organic foods. For the planet and our bodies, they are just plain better in every way – and maybe cost a few bucks more at the store each week. When you buy cheap food, you should expect negative results. After all, when you buy the cheapest car, house, clothes or anything else, you get what you pay for. The same goes for our food.
Some tips for making the most of your food dollars:
- If you eat meat, always choose organic, pasture-raised, antibiotic-free products
- Buy from the Farmer’s Market whenever possible to get food at its freshest and support the local economy
- Always purchase organic eggs and dairy products free of rGBH growth hormones
- Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible, especially those items with soft or permeable skin more susceptible to pesticides
Organics may cost a little more up front, but choosing to pay the real cost for your food now can reduce or eliminate unexpected costs later in life for both yourself and the world we live in. Do your part for not only your own benefit, but for everyone else’s, too.
So, what kind of food do you eat?