Many of us care about being responsible with nutrition. Because of that, the reality that there are so many claims that people might make about food makes it easy to let yourself believe a lot of them. They might not guarantee that the food is healthy anyway, no matter how much you might pay.
Terms such as the following come to mind:
- Low Fat
- Low Carb
- All Natural
When you think about it, just because something is “low fat”, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good for you. Plenty of candy is low fat, yet loaded with sugar that makes it less than healthy. Also, big mound of greasy bacon strips might be low in carbs relative to other options, but that doesn’t make it supremely healthy. Not by a long shot. The same principle applies to the other descriptors. The “natural” label is one that I find humorous sometimes.
Anyway, if these labels don’t necessarily guarantee that something is going to be healthy, then would they be worth a premium? In other words, would you pay more for food with them?
One label that I didn’t mention above is one that I think many people would pay a premium for. That is, food that is labeled organic.
I know of a few people that would swear by organic food choices, to the point of seeming obsessed. Stores seem to oblige by offering many organic options, though quite naturally (there’s that natural word again!) there is often a nice surcharge for the privilege of buying organic. I’ve seen things like strawberries and spinach for $1 more each, for an organic container versus or non-organic option. If you want to buy something like organic macaroni and cheese (yes, I’ve seen this), you can knock yourself out and do this too. The more you buy, the more it adds up the expenses for you, and the revenue for someone else.
Organic is almost a way of life for some people. It seems like it’s expensive at times, and often I wonder just how much benefit one really gets for the extra money spent. Perhaps there is some, but I’m guessing it varies by product. The ROI – or return on investment of funds spent on organic food, is somewhat unclear to me. I don’t doubt that there could be some benefits, it’s just the notion of quantifying them and making sure that they’re worth the extra money that’s the question.
These days, I might go out of my way to buy organic dairy. Perhaps organic spinach or kale. Not much else though, at least not that I can think of offhand. Though some other things I buy happen to be organic, but it’s not a matter of me going out of my way to do so.
What about you?
Readers, do you regularly buy organic? If so, what types of items and why? If not, what are your reasons?