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7 Overpriced Foods & 11 Worth Every Penny

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7 Overpriced Foods & 11 Worth Every Penny

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.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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11:06PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

TY for this article regarding nutritious organic foods. Our family does fairly well with this issue as most of our vegetables come from our own garden. We have eggs from backyard chickens. Our meat is purchased direct from farm neighbors & so is our milk & dairy products. We buy very little processed food & we haven't bought or consumed cereals in literally decades!

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2:35AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

This sounds very familiar... I remember writing down a list about the veggies and healthy...

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6:14AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

lots of info

4:32AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Informative thank you

10:16AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

This was so helpful to me, and I just bought organic milk, NOT RAW :( I thought I was doing something good for myself! I haven't looked at organic meats in awhile they were so expensive, but given what I just read, it sounds worth it in the long run!

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