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It's not un-common that many people believe that healthy foods are more expensive than less healthy options.

When you look at the bigger picture, healthy eating is actually the more affordable option, especially in the long term. Here we debunk this misleading theory that healthy food is expensive and take a look at how our attitude needs to change towards healthy eating.

Food Boosters 

They've Been Bullsh**ing You - Misleading Reports

In October 2014 The University of Cambridge released a report saying that

'...healthy foods were consistently more expensive than less healthy foods, and have risen more sharply in price over time.' (1)

The question to ask here is how were they comparing and measuring these stats to come up with this report? Their methodology was based on price-per-calorie which is not only unfair, but also pretty damn misleading! Let us elaborate...

The prices of nearly 100 foods were assessed per 1,000 calories, but as healthy foods tend to have a much fewer calories per gram than less healthy foods, this process of measuring gives an unrealistic comparison. Basically, you would need to buy and consume around 30 cucumbers (!) to gain around 1,000 calories, compared to about one 200g packet of ginger nut biscuits. (2) 

Price-per-calorie Method

See what we're getting at here??!

However, when The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) measured food costs based on edible weight (instead of the flawed price-per-calorie method) they found...

'...the cheapest ready-meals, pizzas, burgers and sugary breakfast cereals cost more than £2 per kilogram, whereas typical fruit and vegetables cost less than £2 per kilogram. And whilst £1 will buy you one cheeseburger, that same £1 could buy you a kilo of sweet potatoes, two kilos of carrots, two and a half kilos of pasta, ten apples or seven bananas.' (3)

Price per edible weight

Basically you get more for your money when you measure food value by weight instead of calories. Think how many meals you could make out of all those veggies!!

So what does this all mean??

We're not going to deny that in some cases healthy food does cost more, but what is important to consider is what you're actually getting for your money.

Put it this way...you're buying a house and you have found two that are the same size, look the same and are in the same location, but one is more expensive than the other. Why would you buy the more expensive one??

The more expensive house was made by experienced builders, using better quality materials. The cheaper house on the other hand was built using the cheapest materials with the builders goal being as many houses as possible for the most affordable rate. Whilst you'll see immediate savings by opting for the more affordable house, in the long term it will cost you more as the building deteriorates and you'll miss out on the premium benefits!

It's the same when choosing food at the supermarket. Do you want the cheap snack bar filled with additives and refined sugars or the slightly more expensive snack bar that uses nothing but natural, ethical and organic ingredients, that will not only keep you fuller for longer, but nourish your body with much needed vitamins and minerals.

View your health as an investment not an expense!

Why is unhealthy food so cheap?

You're Asking The Wrong Question...

Forget 'why is healthy food so expensive', the real question we should be asking is:

Why is unhealthy food so cheap??

What corners are they cutting? What is the quality of ingredients like? What are additives and fillers are they using to bulk it out? Are their manufacturing processes ethical?

Money shouldn't be the only thing to consider when choosing the food to fuel your body - consider what are you putting in your body and how will that affect your health!

Team LoveRaw

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Use these superstars to give your food a nutrient boost (and they're totally organic!)

Sound the panic alarm and grab hold of your loved ones, because we aren’t getting enough nutrients from our veg anymore. Thanks to modern farming techniques, much of the fruit and veg that we eat today has significantly less nutritional value than it would have had 50 years ago1 Research by Texas based biochemist Dr. Donald Davis tells us that some vitamins in our veg have dropped by up to a whopping 38% across the last 50 years, meaning that you now have to eat almost double the amount of them that you once did for the same benefit.

Luckily, some lovely people *cough cough* did something about this and came up with Food Booster Blends. They’re a way to rectify the missing vitamin content from your current veg by simply adding a spoon or two of the powders into your drink, snack, or meal. They’re made up entirely of natural and organic ingredients so, in short, we literally ground down the missing nutrients and are handing it to you on a plate - or in this case, in a tub! Many of our ingredients are imported and difficult to get hold of in one place, so our blends make it easier than sourcing all the raw foods and cooking them into your meals separately… they’re also cheaper than flying to New Zealand for your wheatgrass!

We’ve mixed these imported veggies, fruits, and plants into four deliciously different blends for you to choose to suit your lifestyle - or you can just have them all:

 

Easy Greens

A great all-rounder for improved wellbeing as well as a general vitamin boost. Containing:

 

  • Spirulina,
  • Nettle,
  • New Zealand
  • Wheatgrass,
  • Chlorella, Moringa,
  • Kelp
  • Our Easy Greens blend contains calcium which contributes to digestion and bone development, Niacin to help maintain the skin, Iron to reduce fatigue, and Vitamin B12 to promote immunity and help make you feel the best you can be.

     

     

    Skin Food

    Perfect for those who want to look their best as well as feel it. Packed full of:

    • Rosehip
    • Goji
    • Maca
    • Baobab
    • Lucuma
    • Camu Camu
    • Acai

    Skin Food contains Vitamin C which helps the skin, joints, and bones. It also has Copper which contributes to hair pigmentation, as well as immunity.

     

    Energise

    Goes great with a busy schedule as it keeps you feeling fresh and ready to take on the day (we use it for the office hangover-cure too). With:

    • Cacao
    • Maca
    • Carob
    • Baobab
    • Guarana
    • Moringa

    Energise contains Magnesium which contributes to energy levels, Vitamin C which assists the joints and bone development, Iron to help maintain immunity, and Copper which has antioxidant properties.

     

    Immunity

    Stops anything holding you back by helping you fight off any nasty bugs. Containing:

    • Turmeric
    • Maca
    • Ginger
    • Cardamom
    • Cinnamon
    • Black Pepper

    Immunity contains Iron which contributes to immunity and brain development. It has Copper which assists the joints, helps to maintain and improve energy levels, and is also bursting with antioxidant properties.

    With all these to choose from, we like to think we’ve given you an organic and easy alternative to doubling the veggies in your diet. You’re welcome!

    Team LoveRaw

     

    Sources:

    1. Nutrient Decline In Garden Crops
    2. Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition