Is Healthy Food Worth It?

Additional costs of healthy foods is one big reason why consumers are thinking twice before making a switch despite the benefits associated with eating healthy. A majority of them think they should be priced lower since they don’t possess synthetic chemicals or commercial supplements seen in other foods.

Note: Since everything in life is a trade off, I’ve been tracking my finances and spending less money on other things (mostly clothing) so that I can spend more money on higher quality food. There are many websites that you can use to help you track your finances, so find one that’s right for you. My favorite one is here.

Healthy and organic foods are a product of natural methods from their livestock and/or crops. They don’t possess pesticides, artificial fertilizers and hormones, antibiotics, or biological modification.

Here are two reasons why healthy foods are several times more costly than their conventional counterparts.

Limited Supply

Healthy foods are expensive compared to other kinds of food since their supply is very limited. Despite the boom in the food industry, most farmers prefer not to go for organic farming. The primary reason is the fact that organic crops and livestock take a longer period to harvest. The longer the harvest period, the higher the operation costs will be, and the greater the chances of damage or formation diseases.

Conventional food can be harvested in a short period of time and utilizes genetic modification for both plants and animals. They’re constantly injected with growth hormones to enhance their development.

Economics also plays a major role, which is why healthy foods are costly. Whenever the consumer demand is higher than the supply, this becomes a scarcity. In this event, organic farmers would usually increase the pricing of healthy foods to reduce the number of consumer purchases. This is because when healthy food supplies are low, there will likely be consumers willing to purchase healthy foods even if the price tag has dramatically increased.

Processing

The stages that need to be carried out in order to deliver healthy foods to consumers also contribute to its hefty price tag. The overall production cost of healthy foods is more costly because of the length of stage production. The stages of harvesting and processing also entails added costs to the pricing. Shipping costs also contribute to the additional cost since health foods aren’t preserved via synthetic preservatives or irradiation while getting them to the market early. Basically, the quicker the food transport, the expensive the costs will be.

Marketing and the distribution chain for healthy goods are inefficient and are higher in costs due to the small number of volume they produce. In addition, healthy foods are costly since their supply is typically limited compared to consumer demand. Also, organic farmers don’t utilize modern agricultural cost-effective solutions. In the end, they’re usually the ones that decide how much the price tag will be for the healthy foods they harvest.

Benefits

Even if you won’t go for healthy foods, studies indicate that the health can benefit greatly from nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables compared to conventionally grown, pesticide-filled foods. Eating in moderation and in variety are essential for any diet. Both conventional and healthy foods can be integrated to any healthy-eating plan as long as you prioritize fruits and vegetables over anything unhealthy. You can also derive a lot of benefits from switching the main source of energy in your food, from carbs to fats as I talked about here.

Why You Should Make Organic Meat Part of Your Diet

There’s an ever-growing trend nowadays to eat more organic food, believing that it’s better for our health. When it comes to organic foods, fruits and vegetables get most of the attention, but organic meat is an equally important part of ensuring that your diet contains as much organic food as possible. Of course, the cost of organic meat is considerably higher than the alternatives, sometimes double the price, which makes many of us hesitant to eat organic meat, but there are a wide array of benefits to eating organic meat that make it well worth the added cost to our food budget.

The first benefit to organic meat is being able to know where your food comes from and what exactly goes into producing the meat that you eventually eat. The government has strict regulations on what kind of meat can be given the “organic” label, so when you buy organic meat you know for a fact that no antibiotics or growth hormone went into the animal that you’re eating. You also know that everything the animal ate was organic, and that no animal parts were included. Seeing meat labeled “organic” gives you insight into how this particular animal was raised and treated, whereas meat that isn’t organic comes with no such guarantee. With organic meat, you can feel secure in how the animal was treated, and more importantly, secure that there are no additives in your meat that could make you sick or have a negative impact on your long-term health.

The health risks that come with eating organic meat are much lower than with conventional sources of meat. Organic meat is less likely to be infected with mad cow disease, which is becoming a larger concern with the meat we consume and is sometimes the cause of a meat recall, although those recalls rarely include organic meat. There are also lower levels of cancer-causing hormones in organic meat, making them far better for your health.

In addition to there being less additives than conventional meat, organic meat also has great nutritional benefits. Organic meat is lower in saturated fat than the alternatives. It also contains more omega-3 fats, which are healthy fats, as well as more conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which is known to reduce your risk of cancer.

The slight caveat with organic meat is that there’s no guarantee that the animals have been grass-fed, although many of them are, while there is little chance that meat that isn’t labeled organic has been fed with grass. Most of the non-organic meat on the market comes from animals that have been fed with cheap grains, which lowers the amount of healthy fats in the meat you consume. Finding meat that is both organic and either free-range or grass-fed will help ensure that you’re eating the most nutritious meat available. Usually, organic meats are much more expensive, but you can get them cheaply from a hunter if you ask them nicely. Typically when they go hunting the end up with much more meat than they can use.

If the animal rights and nutritional benefits of organic meat aren’t enough, consider the fact that buying organic meat usually means buying from local farms, which is beneficial for the local economy. Most organic meat doesn’t come from big companies or large-scale farming operations, so when you buy organic meat you’re supporting small businesses in your own corner of the world. Between that and the wide variety of health and nutritional benefits of eating organic meat, not to mention the ethical treatment of animals, it should be well worth the extra money to eat organic meat.

Note: Some of the information (Particularly that on wild game meat) came from my friend Wes at Hunterinsight.com

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