These 7 Foods are a MASSIVE Waste of Your Money...
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Did you know
that even the lowest-priced supermarket is brimming with complete
rip-offs? From health foods that aren't healthy to gourmet foods
that aren't gourmet, every store is chock-full of items that can
be a big wallop to your pocketbook, unless you know the secrets
to shopping wisely.
A sample rip-off
list comes with a couple surprises – for example, did you know that
gluten-free bread may not be the bargain you expect or that cereal
packages with cartoons on the front are red lights for rip-offs?
The good news
is there's a nice long list of 40 items that not only give you a
good bang for your buck, but a boost to your health as well, such
as blueberries, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes.
Health March 4, 2011
When it comes
to the price of food, I think it's extremely important to remember
that a food cannot be judged by its sticker price alone. Whether
or not you're actually getting any nutrition from it is
far more important. Believe me, a diet consisting of daily $1.99
hamburgers and other fast foods, while appearing to be frugal, is
far from it when you consider what these foods are doing
or not doing to your health.
This will be
a progressively increasing concern as we are virtually assured in
the United States and many other countries that there will be serious
inflation coming as a result of the massive devaluation of the dollar.
Foods are Massive Rip-Offs
to list every single food that's a complete rip-off would result
in a very thick book, I firmly believe it's safe to say that virtually
all processed snacks and the majority of processed, pre-packaged
meals are a massive waste of money. These types of foods consist
mainly of fillers and additives, and very few actual nutrients.
So while Funyuns made it onto Yahoo Health's list of rip-offs, I
can't think of a single chip or puffed snack that doesn't
belong on that list.
The same goes
for virtually all breakfast cereals, whether they have cartoons
on the box or not. Most cereals are frightfully high in sugar, and
any nutrients they boast are in the form of suboptimal synthetic
additives, or worse.
iron fortified cereals can contain actual iron filings, which is
a far cry from the bioavailable iron you get from iron-rich vegetables
like spinach. If you haven't seen this eye-opening
demonstration of what's really in that fortified breakfast cereal,
take a look now you'll probably never buy another box of
cereal again, and rightfully so.
I do agree
with the contention that some organic foods are rip-offs, when their
conventional counterparts are already grown using low amounts of
pesticides and the food in question must be peeled anyway, such
Working Group is a reliable source when trying to decide on what
to buy organic. According to their
latest 2010 pesticide review, the following 12 foods rank as
the most pesticide-free produce, even when conventionally-grown,
so you can save a few bucks by opting for the conventionally-grown
version of these:
corn was on the list above but I've removed it to avoid confusion.
I do NOT recommend consuming non-organic corn and even organic corn
should be consumed sparingly.
The foods you want to splurge on by buying organic are foods that
have permeable or edible skins, and/or that are conventionally grown
with higher amounts of pesticides. Based on the EWG's report, the
top 12 foods to buy organic include:
For the whole
list of produce, ranked from best to worst in terms of pesticide
load, please see
the EWG's listing.
is organic milk. Because while organic milk must come from a
cow that hasn't been fed artificial growth hormones or pesticide-laden
feed, they're not necessarily pastured, or grass-fed cows. And worst
of all organic milk (unless RAW) is still pasteurized, which destroys
So, just because
it's organic, doesn't mean it's worth a much higher price.
the Meat and Fish Aisles
When it comes
to meats and fish, a lot of what you find in your local grocery
store is not worth their price when you consider their nutrient
to contamination ratio.
rip-off list includes swordfish, which is still considered a luxury
by many. But when you factor in the high amounts of mercury you
get from that swordfish, it just doesn't rank so high on the wish
list anymore. Why would you want to pay $20 a pound or more knowing
it's so contaminated that children and pregnant women shouldn't
have a single serving of it?
I would also
add any and all farmed fish to the list of rip-offs.
intend for fish to be crammed into pens and fed soy, GM corn, antibiotics,
poultry litter and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result of this
practice, farmed salmon, for example, is lower in vitamin D and
higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated
flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.
As for meat,
I advise everyone to avoid conventionally-raised beef.
were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their
animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for
slaughter. Compared with corn-fed beef, organically-raised grass-fed
beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated
linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
beef is also very high in pesticides (due to eating conventionally
grown grains, and perhaps even genetically modified grains). In
fact, non-organic meats can have up to five times more pesticides
than non-organic vegetables!
This is why
I recommend always buying organic, grass-fed beef. If you have
to choose between buying organic beef or organic produce
get the organic beef. It'll give you the greatest bang for your
buck in terms of health benefits.
Diet as "Health
You can't tune
into the news today without hearing about rising food prices. But
rest assured, by knowing what foods to spend your money
on, you can still protect and optimize your health without going
bankrupt in the process.
offers a list of 40 nutrient-dense food items and that's
really the key here. By opting for foods that are rich in vital
nutrients, your body can thrive. This will automatically cut down
on the inevitable health care costs you'd incur by making foolish
Below is a
list of foods rich in nutrients that can help stave off a majority
of health problems foods that really give you lots of value.
As I've discussed
on numerous occasions, one of the primary risk factors of diseases
of all kinds is chronic inflammation in your body. Low
inflammation levels and a strong immune system typically go hand
in hand, and together these two factors lay the groundwork for robust
Some of the
foods below are both inexpensive and highly nutritious, while others
do cost a bit more but can go a long way toward healing your body
of chronic inflammation and boosting your immune system naturally,
without resorting to either supplements or drugs.
(raw) grass-fed milk Raw organic milk from grass-fed
cows contains both beneficial
that boost your immune system, and a number of vitamins, minerals
and enzymes. Although raw milk availability is limited in the US,
depending on where you live, you can locate the source closest to
you at RealMilk.com.
protein Even if you don't have access to raw milk,
you can use a high-quality whey protein derived from the milk of
grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits. Whey
protein contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect
your immune system and support your body's natural detoxification
foods One of the most healthful fermented foods
an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food full of friendly
microorganisms that balance your "inner ecosystem" and strengthen
immunity. Besides kefir, other good fermented foods include
natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and olives.
organic eggs from pastured chickens – Raw, free-range eggs
are an inexpensive and amazing
source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient
in, especially high-quality protein and fat. To find free-range
pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to http://www.eatwild.com
beef or organ meats Grass-fed beef is very high
in vitamins A, B12
and E, omega-3 fats, beta carotene, zinc and the potent immune system
(conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid). But don't confuse
"organic" with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are
still fed organic corn, which you don't want. However, most grass-fed
cows are raised organically.
oil Besides being excellent for your thyroid and
your metabolism, coconut
oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin
– a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby's
chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT's) also impart a number
of health benefits, including raising your body's metabolism and
fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Make
sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached,
made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain
and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared
to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in fructose
than many other fruits.
– Broccoli contains the highest amount of isothiocyanates,
a cancer-fighting compound, of all the crunchy vegetables. Studies
have shown that just 10
spears a week (5 servings) can make a difference in your health.
–This single-cell freshwater algae acts as an efficient detoxification
agent by binding to toxins (most of which promote chronic inflammation),
such as mercury, and carrying them out of your system. The chlorophyll
in the chlorella helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood
and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues. (For more information,
please see my interview
with expert, Ginny Banks.)
– As for beverages, clean pure water is a must for optimal
health, but if you want another beverage, a good choice with added
health benefits is high quality herbal teas.
tea is the most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form
of a stone-ground powder, completely unfermented. The best Matcha
comes from Japan and has up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild
blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate. Tulsi
is another tea loaded with antioxidants and other micronutrients
that support immune function and heart health.
Oil Krill oil is the only dietary supplement that
makes it to this list, and that's only because the ideal food source
for these essential omega-3 fats has been destroyed by widespread
pollution. The dangers of eating fish simply outweigh the benefits
due to the toxic mercury levels they now contain, with very
oil is a pure marine oil loaded with powerful antioxidants and omega-3
oils, with NO heavy metal contamination.
I hope you'll
find these suggestions helpful in making the most of your food budget
in these economically challenging times.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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