(Health Secrets) Almost everybody is eager to get the best value for the money he or she has to spend at the supermarket. To help you do that, here are six value traps to avoid. What are value traps? They are common purchasing beliefs that have turned out to be untrue.
*The food at Whole Foods Market is all organic — Although Whole Foods carries many items that are organic, the majority of their items are not. They are much like what is sold in every conventional supermarket. At Whole Foods, organic products are clearly labeled as such — if it does not clearly say it’s organic, it is not. Whether it’s produce, canned goods, meat, cereals or snack items, most are not organic at Whole Foods. Items in the deli, salad and hot bars are not organic unless denoted as such. Even products in their 365 line are not organic unless it clearly says so on the package. This is a big value trap because conventional items are priced higher at Whole Foods compared to the prices for them elsewhere.
The bargains at Whole Foods are the items labeled as organic. These items are sold for prices generally at or lower than organic items sold in conventional supermarkets, and at Whole Foods they are usually fresher, and of higher quality. But you have to look carefully for the organic label or you will be easily fooled.
Trader Joe’s carries some organic items too, but most are not. Again, you’ve got to look for the organic seal on the packaging.
*Conventional produce is a good buy if you carefully wash off all the pesticide — Many supermarkets sell special solutions for washing produce, and create the illusion that pesticide can be removed by washing. But pesticides and herbicides used on crops are systemic. This means they are taken up into the metabolic structure of the plant and reside in every cell. There is no way to get rid of them. The wives tales about using soap and water or soaking in baking soda are just that — wives tales. Organic produce is always the better bargain when you consider the risk to your health from consuming heavy pesticides and herbicides.
*Fresh fish is worth the extra money — Ever wonder what that fishy smell is that’s coming from the fish counter? It’s rancid fish oil! Fish oil degrades quickly once the fish is killed. Rancid fish oil forms harmful free radicals in the body which cause cellular damage and have been associated with diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even DNA damage that can foster cancer development. Frozen fish is generally frozen in less than an hour after the killing, keeping it’s oil intact, making it the better bargain. This is especially important with oily fish like salmon or tuna.
*If it’s organic it’s better — There is a big exception to this truism. Food from China that claims to be organic is showing up in many supermarkets, but the USDA does not inspect food from China. In fact, “organic” food from China may not have been inspected at all because there is great difficulty there with tracking. If it was inspected by someone, what was the criteria used? Nobody knows. China is the most polluted country on the planet. Recently the FDA stopped hundreds of shipments from China, finding them contaminated by pesticides, bacteria and filth, and the regulations for pesticide for use on food are not the same in China as they are in the U.S.
Frozen foods from China are common, and can be found in most supermarkets including Whole Foods, but there is no acknowledgement on the package front that it came from China. You must examine the fine print on the back of the package to discover food from China. Clearly conventionally produced food from the U.S. is a better bargain than food labeled organic from China.
*What’s pictured on the front of the package is what’s inside — Not necessarily. The front of the package is where you get the sales pitch. The back or side of the package is where you get real information. Once you start looking on the back or side, you will be amazed by what you see. For example, Sunny D, a concoction masquerading as orange juice has nothing but big juicy oranges on the front of its bottle. But look on the back and you will find it is made of water, high fructose corn syrup, synthetic vitamins, GMO oil, tree gum, flavorings, dyes, and chemicals used as preservative. Only 2 percent or less of the content is actually orange juice.
It’s even worse in the personal products aisle, where many products contain absolutely none of what is pictured on the front. Some claim to be organic on the front, but they contain no organic ingredients whatsoever.
Manufacturers who put out products like these are out to deceive you. They want to take your money and give you absolutely nothing worthwhile in return. The only way to avoid these value traps is to read the labels, which are almost always in fine print. Look for products where what is pictured on the front matches what is listed on the back. Then you will know that product has integrity, and you can begin to rely on the company that makes such a product. You will know that manufacturer has you best interest in mind.
*Buy cheap food and make up for nutritional deficiencies with supplements — Have you checked the prices of supplements recently? Getting top notch nutrition from food is possible and should be your goal when you shop. Nutrients that come from food have a synergy that can’t be duplicated in supplements, and they are much easier to digest and assimilate than nutrients from supplements. Feeling low on magnesium or carotenoids? Pick up a bag of organic baby spinach. Need omega 3 fatty acids? Get a carton of high omega 3 eggs that will provide 225 mg. of omega 3’s in each egg. Want to thwart cancer? Bring home an onion. Use these to make a spinach salad dressed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Top with sunflower seeds. What a nutritional powerhouse, and there was no outlay on supplements! Buying the best quality foods instead of spending money on a closet full of supplements is how to avoid this value trap.
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