The Cost of Real Food
When I was growing up, we would shop in the grocery store for all our products. The shelves would be filled with twenty different brands of each item. Usually, the one that won was the cheaper priced item, unless of course it was Jif peanut butter. I don’t remember reading labels or checking calorie contents and that could be because I was a child, but it also wasn’t as important back then. Many items weren’t required to display all the facts about their foods until recently. Many of us do this same practice in the grocery store, but does anyone check where the food was produced? Is it local? How does the price compare to its competitor? Usually more expensive right? Or is it…..
Today, when I shop, I spend much more of my time in the produce section, picking out fruits, vegetables, and salads. If there is a local option, that one wins, even if it is a tad bit more expensive on its face. When I venture through the rest of the store, I focus on items that contain a small list of ingredients, and ingredients I can pronounce. I really try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible (although the occasional Oreo is good for the soul!). And when possible, I also focus on purchasing foods that are grown or made locally.
Even though, in our house, we are fortunate enough to grow most of the meat we eat, occasionally we run low on certain items ourselves. One thing that always alarms me is the cost of meat in the grocery store. Anyone else get lucky enough to purchase a ham for Easter at .99/lb? How about ground beef for $1.99/lb? Although from a customer standpoint, this on its face looks like an awesome score, deep down, is it really? Let’s break down the cost of real food.