Point of View
Organic, Gluten Free Or Neither?
By LaDale Anderson
Oct 27, 2012 - 5:35:14 AM

UNITED STATES—It seems that almost four years ago, Americans were not consumed with the notion of what they should be eating or what they should not be eating.  Nowadays, it appears everyone is on this health kick, explaining to consumers what things they should be placing into their bodies.   There has been a huge debate for years now on rather you should eat organic foods or non-organic foods.  In my opinion, I’m inclined to eat non-organic.  It’s not because I don’t want to eat healthier, it’s almost impossible with the price of food these days.

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Its no secret that if you purchase a pound of organic bananas you are going to spend about a buck more than if you were to purchase non-organic bananas.  What’s the reasoning behind that?  Well with organic fruits and veggies, the consumer lowers the chances of pesticides getting into their bodies. Pesticides are used to deter insects from eating away at the crop.  Some data over the years have proved that organic is better, but recent studies have shown that there is not much of a difference between the two.  What the business world and health gurus fail to acknowledge is the price for organic foods are two times, even in some cases, three times higher than the non-organic product. 

 

You cannot expect the consumer to make wiser choices when it comes to eating healthy if the prices are not affordable to begin with.  You can easily spend over $100 on organic fruits and veggies.  The worst thing about that is that you would have ½ the portion of what you would have gotten if you purchased non-organic fruits and veggies for half the cost.

 

My biggest concern is this massive push towards eating all gluten-free products.  There are gluten-free cookies, flour, cake mixes, rice, pasta, bread; the list goes on and on.  Gluten is a protein that is found mainly in wheat.  It’s primarily used as a food additive for the product being eaten. Its understandable why those who suffer from celiac disease would have to stay away from foods that contain gluten, as it affects their health.

 

I would love to have a gluten-free diet, but there is no possible way for me to afford it.  The prices are unattainable for the everyday American who struggles just to put food on the table.  For example, quinoa is one of those super foods that have been tossed around quite a bit in the last two years.  It’s a type of grain that is being used heavily in many homes, but the price for a bag of quinoa is quite costly. At my supermarket, a bag of quinoa will cost close to $15.00.  Put in perspective that someone on a limited budget for groceries can purchase milk, eggs, bread, butter, juice and a few veggies for what they would pay for a bag of quinoa. 

 

The key to getting the consumer to eat more health conscious foods is to make the prices affordable for everyone.  Not just for those who are middle and upper class, but those individuals from the lower class as well.  You cannot expect people to eat healthier if they’re unable to afford the products that are beneficial to the body.   Every adult wants to provide the best nutrition for their kids including themselves, but with prices not in the typical budget for the everyday consumer, how do we expect them to consume those products?  The point is they can’t.  



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