Economically, regular food is a better option than organic food. Regular food costs significantly less money per pound to purchase than the organic options. A 2015 consumer report shows that the price per pound for regular zucchini was 0.99 cents, while the price for the organic zucchini was $3.99. Both food items are zucchini, but because the second was grown organically it costs a lot more per pound than the one grown regularly. It isn’t practical to pay that much more for organic food, especially since not everyone can afford to pay that much for food, meaning organic is not the best option for everyone. Some people may say that the price for organic food is worth the health benefits, but only the rich can afford to have an organic lifestyle and the upper class can afford to have gym memberships and buy expensive health foods. They can afford to have an overall healthy lifestyle, but for the middle and lower classes, buying organic is not an affordable option. Organic food also costs the United States “at least $100 billion annually” (Lomborg), a lofty amount of money for food whose sales totaled only
In addition to their respective traditional beverages, both Powerade and Gatorade have a wide range of specialty flavors and mixtures. For instance, Gatorade features low-calorie beverages with only 7 grams of sugar per serving, as well as special drinks for endurance athletes with 300 milligrams of sodium and 140 milligrams of potassium. Powerade features beverages that have zero calories and that offer electrolytes and vitamins but zero grams of sugar.
When considering differences between organic and conventional foods often the first thing people comment on is the nutritional value. Organic foods have grown in popularity due to the perception that they are better nutritionally. Barbara Hey (2009), health reporter and author of the article, “A Different Health Debate: Conventional versus Organic Food” and Smith-Spangier, Crystal, et al. (2012), emphasize that the benefits of organic foods and farming are important to society. That organic food can help protect what’s most valuable to people, their health. They suggest that eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is a good investment in preventative care. Jeff Gillman (2008) agrees and states, “ …preventing disease is much more cost effective than treating disease. Organic foods can play a vital role in keeping people healthy” (139).
Traits of organic food can also be misconstrued in the sense of the ingredients and how it is different from the way processed food is produced. “In reality, certified organics have lower levels of chemical residue, Roethal argues, which is positive for consumers, farm workers and the land itself, but organic growing practices have no impact on how many nutrients, calories or grams of fat are in anyone's favorite foods”(SFGate). As mentioned previously in the quote, often times organic food can benefits one’s health because of the little amount in which chemicals and calories are in the substance. The concern about organic food is that it is substantially more expensive than non-organic food. However,“Organic food sales are increasing by double digits annually, and more than 80 percent of parents reported buying organic food for their families last year”, according to Batch. With the high-price of organic food, this could also be a reason on why people tend to lean more towards the less healthier items, all because of the low cost. Even though there are different and confusing standards on what organic really is, the ideal description would typically be foods that do not have the same producing process as non-organic food.
1. Introduction- Have you ever asked yourself, how healthy your food really is? We will provide information on the subject for you. With spending money on foods, which has a great impact on the body, to helping our environment; we will be discussing the pros and cons of organic vs conventional foods.
From the now popular recyclable cloth grocery bags, to the organic garden at the White House, food, and the food industry is changing. The popularity of organic and whole foods is on the rise. Processed foods are increasingly advertising that they are additive and preservative free, and all sorts of products now offer a “gluten-free” variety. The popularity of what is now being called the sustainable food movement, leads many to wonder why are some people willing to pay more, sometimes double, for organic produce, meat, eggs, and milk. Will this prove to be just another trendy American fad, or are there real health benefits from eating organic and whole foods? While the organic market only represents approximately 3% of the total food
Each sports drink contains 21 grams of sugar are contained in a 12 ounce bottle of Gatorade. With most bottles being 32 ounces, the consumer is actually ingesting 56 grams of sugar. Although this is not healthy, it is less grams of sugar than an average soda per ounce. “In fact, Berkeley researchers say the sugar in sports drinks may be contributing to the child obesity epidemic by increasing their caloric intake”. For consumers that are less active, the added sugar in their diet is not recommended. Weight gain from extra calories has also been found to be a problem for less active consumers. “For people who are not exercising for at least one hour, 5 days per week, water is the best bet for staying hydrated.” Experts suggest sports drink consumption should be monitored by children’s parents. The best source of hydration for children continues to be water (Schaefer). Unless a person is participating in vigorous exercise for a long period of time, water is the best option for
A growing number of consumers favor organic foods, claiming that it tastes better and is healthier. Why organic? Organic foods grown naturally in well-balanced soils, ripened by the sun are healthier and tastier than products with synthetic chemicals and growth hormones.
Many Americans strive to eat healthier in order to maintain good health, live longer lives, and keep their medical bills down; however, due to the cost of food, it has been made nearly impossible for many everyday Americans to manage a healthy lifestyle. Healthy, organic food options in most grocery stores are quite
But as consumers are only willing to pay the extra money for organic food mainly for any health benefits they associate with organic foods, such health benefits should be significant enough to warrant this inflated price. Studies demonstrate that the advantages of organic food are relatively small and even some disadvantages were found. Although correlations were found between a few health benefits and eating organically (reduced risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in subjects who eat organic foods more and mitigation of allergic dermatitis from consuming organic dairy products), these correlations were the only ones found amongst hundreds
Healthy food should be accessible to everyone. If healthy food isn’t available for everyone all it’s going to do is cause more and more health problems. If we made healthy organic food the same price as cheap unhealthy food there would be a big difference in the health of our country. It’s completely unfair to make healthy food too expensive for other people to buy, which causes them to buy cheap unhealthy food, like off a dollar menu at a fast food restaurant. This issue needs to be put to an end.
Healthy foods are very expensive. To make organic foods, it’s a more specific way of handling the foods, therefore it is more expensive to produce. It’s cheaper in my opinion, to buy a candy bar, to buying a $2.00+ price salad. Organic foods are expensive to produce. To have a well-planned diet, and full grocery list is difficult. I also believe there is a lack of knowledge of other food options in most grocery stores. I know of a few people who didn’t know much about organic eating. They would buy the same foods, to eat the same meals. Average people work just to supply foods for their families, so to search around for other food items would be difficult, in my opinion. There should be more discussion about food options in the
Do not be scared of the prices being so different from the non-organic food. I have find out that sometime the organic food are lower or the same price as the non-organic foods. And if you live next to a "Whole foods Market Store" go check out their 365 Everyday Value products, they are very affordable, or you can buy organic products on these sites (iHerb, Vitacost). And remember not all these ingredients have to be organic (if cannot afford) adding some organic is better than none at all. (more about oats, cinnamon)
Organic foods are no longer only found in health food stores; they have become a mainstay in our supermarkets. Today’s consumers are faced with the decision of whether or not it is worth the cost to buy organic. To determine the answer to this question one will need to determine if it has been scientifically determined that consumption organic food products are more beneficial to one’s health.