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03-29-2011, 06:43 PM
Here is something that I found informative...:mrgreen:


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.
Yahoo Health March 4, 2011
Menshealth.com 2010

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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.

Processed Foods are Massive Rip-Offs

While trying 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.

For example, 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.

Organic Rip-Offs

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 as bananas.

The Environmental 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:

Onions Avocados Watermelon
Pineapple Mango Frozen sweet peas
Asparagus Kiwi Cabbage
Eggplant Cantaloupe

Frozen sweet 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:

Grapes Potatoes Kale / Collard greens
Cherries Spinach Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines Blueberries Apples
Strawberries Peaches Celery

For the whole list of produce, ranked from best to worst in terms of pesticide load, please see the EWG's listing.

Another major organic rip-off 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 vital nutrients.

So, just because it's organic, doesn't mean it's worth a much higher price.

Rip-Offs in 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.

Yahoo Health' 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.

Nature didn't 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.


Because cattle 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.

Conventionally-raised 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.

03-30-2011, 12:00 PM
Thank you for this. I am always trying to get the word out to people about what is really going on in our food supply. So many people do not know that contained within every can, package, bottle, and jar on their supermarket shelves are genetically engineered foods - which the human body does not recognize and cannot process. These items have already resulted in gastrointestinal disorders and even sterility/infertility - and yet no one is willing to make to association (or even label the products "GE") for fear of starting a public riot.

To add insult to injury, alfalfa is now genetically engineered, thus even grass-fed meat (if one could find such) and dairy products are rendered non-consumable. Fish are genetically engineered themselves (such as salmon which grow at a rate four times faster than a natural salmon) or corralled into tanks and fed genetically engineered grains. GE pigs are slated to be released soon. And cows have been engineered so that their milk resembles human breast milk, so that your children can consume these altered genes from the moment of their births.

Even the clothing you wear, sheets you sleep on, and towels you bathe with are genetically altered. Engineered cotton contains a pesticide in every cell, and are designed to withstand billions of pounds of herbicides being sprayed on them continuously. Cotton is the crop sprayed the most heavily around the world. Farmers who handle cotton get more cancers than any other. And we are rubbing this into our skin and the skin of our children, thinking cotton is still natural.

The engineered crops have already begun out-crossing (crossing with natural crops) and genetically contaminating them as well. Organic farmers have lost their livelihoods due to their inability to stop the contamination of their fields. The media has deliberately withheld from us the reporting of millions of once-sustenance-capable farmers committing suicide because they are no longer able to take care of their families.

And, I surmise, the presence of these altered genes will be compounded up the food chain - meaning creatures at the top of the ladder will be receiving several layers worth of engineered genes. That really sets off my holy-sh*t-o-meter!

Absolutely nothing is being done to stop this. The media, the USDA, the FDA, etc is counting on the fact that we are all lulled into a stupor of complacency. They've flashed their brightly colored packages, catchy jingles, and celebrity spokespersons at us until we are hypnotized. They count on the fact that we care more about our favorite pop idol than we do our health, and that of our children.

The world is changing - at a genetic level. The air we breathe has been significantly altered (and I mean well before the current catastrophe in Japan) to sustain the engineered crops and be unfavorable to natural crops. This aspect is called geo-engineering and is the flip side of the coin to genetic engineering.

Well, I've said enough. You all can take it from here. Please do everything in your power to send a message that we want foods labeled as genetically engineered (as it already is in Europe.) Then send a message straight into their pocketbooks by refusing to purchase these foods. Thank you for your time.

03-30-2011, 12:18 PM
if you would like documentation of what I have shared, please read Seeds of Deception (http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Deception-Government-Genetically-Engineered/dp/0972966587/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301501896&sr=8-1)and watch The Future of Food (http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-future-of-food/), and The World According to Monsanto (http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/). Thank you.

03-31-2011, 01:03 PM
To add to this there is now concern over radiation in foods; milk ,beef.

There is an alert out here on the West coast due the Japanese earthquake and resulting radiation leak into the ocean and air.

Please be careful for your children and elderly!

04-07-2011, 09:59 AM
That is great information. I am a huge advocate of grass-fed beef. My bf and I only purchase beef from a local farmer that we know and trust. We also have started researching our local farmers because we found out one local farmer's market was buying super market produce and selling it as their own homegrown supply!! We now only go to the local farmer's markets we trust are being honest and providing the least chemically treated produce. It's exhausting trying to be healthy and natural, and more expensive at times. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and want to just give up and go the easy route, but we know it's not in our best interest. We are slowly adapting to the Paleo lifestyle, my bf takes it more serious than me because I just don't buy it 100%. This isn't a fad diet to lose weight though. It's a lifestyle. While he is 100% committed, I still have a few concerns and only follow it about 75%. If anyone out in KH are part of the Paleo lifestyle, I would love to hear from you and learn more.

04-07-2011, 10:03 AM
For all the stuff I have learned, I never considered cotton being a risk to my health. Wow. Just not something you think about everyday. Thanks for the awareness Moni.