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Thanks for this article. I've been on spark people for many years and haven't seen many pieces like this that link food to politics in the way this one does. More of this!
I know for a fact that organic freggies are high as well as fresh produce. The Gov has taxed us enough. I DO NOT think that what we choose to eat is there business. Period. W live in the Free world and we have choices. It is true we need to educate our families etc. I have some challenges with my health. I eat now healthier. But I am no way perfect. Some people know some foods are harmful and eat them any way. It is a mindset thing, a desired to get healthy etc. Some people are just set in there ways and end up suffering from their choices they make with food. Then are other factors like emotional eating etc. etc. consequences. I think a Mayor or Governor in one of the states tried to put a tax in sodas and he failed and was not mayor any more. Lesson stay out of folks plates
Cheetos regular price is $3.00-$3.19. I bought a bag of ORGANIC apples at Aldi for $3.99, and the non-organic apples were at least $1 less.
It has been proven time and time again, that organic foods are not nutritionally "better" than other produce you buy, especially if you are an average person and not the yuppies that go to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. And, no one ever mentions the fact that fresh produce just does not taste that good, PERIOD, and that is why we have years of nagging behind us, just admit that, for once. We eat a lot of produce because we have to, pure and simple, not because it tastes great, frankly, it's boring, I don't care what silly herbs or sauce you put on it.
I agreed with a comment below that this is the best article I've ever read on Spark and I've been around a long time. I'm pleased at all the positive comments too although I have to disagree with the "anti-bottled water" post.
Not everyone has access to a source of "pure" water during the day. I don't want to drink from the public water fountains that we have either at work or in other locations I visit during the day. Some are actually quite nasty.
I always bring my bottle of filtered tap water from home to start with, but keep bottled water as a back-up for when that runs out.
I always recycle and it's certainly better than a plastic bottle of soda or juice or an energy drink.
Excellent article! The decisions are ours to make. Yep. A bag of apples may cost more than a bag of chips, but I bet that bag of apples lasts longer and makes more 'snacks' than those chips do! Everyone here is conscious of their health to some degree. Kudos to Coach Nicole for reminding us so succinctly how many times a day we have to make the healthier choice!
The majority of my kids friends parents don't cook. We have always eaten home cooked dinners at the table, apparently this is unusual. Many children just aren't exposed to healthy foods. It is sad.
This article was an eye opener for sure.
Since I've changed my "bad" eating habits I've noticed I spend less. I no longer by Chips, Cookies, Chocolate, Candy or processed foods. The money I saved is now going towards healthier choices like apples, oranges, organic poultry, lean meats and more vegetables. I am no longer craving the sugar and carbs and my grocery bill is lower and so is my scale.
First, pre-packaged crappy snacks aren't that much cheaper when I buy a bag of Cheetos and proceed to eat almost the whole bag in a day. Several hearts of romaine lettuce probably cost as much but I certainly don't it eat all in one day. :)
Second, I know this opinion is unpopular but I hate bottled water. "They" have convinced us we need to purchase "individually wrapped," water! Genius business idea but terrible for the environment. I cringe whenever I hear people talking about where bottled water is on sale - I'll tell you where you can find it even cheaper! Every day I pack my water bottle with ice, take it to work, and fill it up at the fountain for lunch.
Okay, sheepishly stepping down from soapbox now...
A really good article and it did some eye opening for me - Thanks
I agree with SMUDDIE! Healthy foods aren't necessarily expensive. Processed convenience foods are expensive! I buy a lot of produce and find that it is a lot cheaper than junk food. If you buy basic ingredients and cook yourself, you will save a lot of money and end up with a healthier diet. If you don't know how to cook, please take a class or find a friend who can teach you or get a basic cookbook and start following some recipes. Cooking is a basic life skill that everyone should learn. It's not that hard, and it's a great way to use some creativity, too.
A really GREAT article!!!
I have always felt that how and where I spend money is a reflection of my values. This article really 'nails it' in describing how each of us makes choices that make our own lives and the lives of others richer or poorer, healthier or sicker. Conscious consumer decisions have impact but as Annie Leonard points out we have to do more than consume intelligently: we have to advocate and collaborate and educate to make our food chain and our environment and our communities more robust.
Use this article at TOPS chapter meeting yesterday and we had a great discussion
Every time you buy something from retail you do cast a vote for that product
The reason junk sells is that people buy it
One day at a time
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