Dr. Oz is wrong about the cost of organic food

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Cost of Organic Food(NaturalHealth365) The real cost of organic food may surprise you. Simply put, if you believe that organic food is too expensive and out of your reach – think again. Conventional food producers and the “modern” sick care system do not want you to buy organic food and get healthy. In fact, millions of people are being deceived and poisoned (every day) without their consent.

For example, the December 3rd issue of TIME Magazine featured a cover article by Dr. Mehmet Oz titled, “What to Eat Now: The Anti-Food-Snob Diet”. In the article, Dr. Oz criticizes health food as being overpriced and nutritionally unnecessary. Recognizing the fact that American families’ budgets are strapped and that expensive gourmet health foods are not necessarily healthier, Dr. Oz lets irresponsible food manufacturers and the USDA off the hook.

The real cost of non-organic food – exposed!

Packaged food manufacturers source their produce from government subsidized big agri-farms which makes it cheaper for Americans to feed their families GMO pesticide-ridden grains, and more expensive to eat “real food” (grass-fed dairy, beef, eggs, chicken, and organic fruits and vegetables).

Like Dr. Oz, I too have grown critical of the food righteousness that seems to be rampant in the natural food industry. However, unlike Dr. Oz, I recognize the simple fact that our genetic inheritance begins in the soil and that the hidden contaminants and ingredients being stuffed into mass produced packaged foods are wrought with serious long-term health consequences.

Do you really think Dr. Oz buys GMO (toxic) food for his own family?

Dr. Oz’s article glosses over the distinctions between “feedlot” chicken, dairy, and beef and organic, pasture-raised equivalents. The fact is that cows and chickens raised in feedlots are fed GMO corn and soy. In addition, when the cows and chickens invariably develop infections, antibiotics are injected to control the spread of the infection throughout the animal population.

Why is Dr. Oz promoting a diet for disease?

While the amount of protein may be the same in grain-fed and grass-fed eggs, dairy, chicken, and beef, the residual pesticides, antibiotics, and GMO-toxins found in the less expensive grain-fed equivalents are linked to degenerative illness. When Americans become sick from eating these foods, the money they save from buying grain-fed non-organic dairy, chicken, eggs, and beef is quickly lost when they are forced to pay out-of-pocket for the inevitable medical care they need to reclaim their health.

The hidden toxins in packaged foods

Beyond the feedlots, mass marketed packaged foods are riddled with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS); MSG; artificial sweeteners; and hydrogenated fats. Both HFCS and MSG have been linked to obesity in the research.

In the article, Dr. Oz asserts that mass produced peanut butter is the same as the more expensive health food store version – failing to mention that mass produced peanut butter often contains HFCS and hydrogenated fats (such as cottonseed oil, which is riddled with pesticides).

Every year Americans spend an estimated $117 billion annually to manage diseases associated with obesity – an expense that far exceeds the money Dr. Oz claims Americans can save from eating these “nutritionally equivalent” foods.

The cost of organic food is less than you think – here’s the proof:

Despite Dr. Oz’s money saving claims, on average, national grocery store chains often charge more money for basic items than quality discount stores like Trader Joe’s℠ and Sprouts℠. Some items at Whole Foods℠ cost less than A&P℠, Vons℠, and Ralph’s℠, while others cost more.

Know your prices and the quality of the food you are buying. For example, organic ketchup at Trader Joe’s costs considerably less than at other nationwide health food store chains, and mass produced non-organic chains. Here is a summary of some of the cost savings you may expect to enjoy by shopping around.

1. Extra large AA fertile eggs: $2.79 at discount health food stores; $4.75 at a leading health food store chain.

2. Organic grass-fed whole milk (1/2 gallon): $3.29 at discount health food stores; $4.29 at a leading health food store chain.

3. Organic grass-fed butter: $4.79 a pound at discount health food stores; $4.00 for most non-organic national brands. The $0.79 difference is easy to justify when you consider the fact that pesticides and radioactive metals accumulate in cow milk.

4. Raw organic cheddar cheese (per pound): $5.49 at discount health food stores; $9.99 at elite health food stores.

5. Raw almond butter: $15.99 in a boutique health food store; as little as $4.99 at a discount health food store.

6. Organic mustard: $3.99 at an boutique health food store; $0.99 at a discount health food store.

7. Organic peanut butter (HFCS-free, hydrogenated fat-free): $7.99 per jar at nationwide health food stores; $3.99 at discount health food stores; $3.19 for non-organic, high-sugar, hydrogenated cottonseed oil versions.

Dr. Oz has a responsibility to be diligent in his food research and to explore the science behind his claims. Indeed, he has isolated himself by reducing the dialogue to discussing “nutritional” content (only), while ignoring the other hidden dangers.

Dr. Oz’s cavalier attitude is not based on scientific fact, but rather attempts to casually discount the hundreds of published studies done at American universities documenting the very real dangers of food additives, GMO foods, and artificial sweeteners – the same ingredients conveniently absent from Dr. Oz’s “deceitful diet” article.

About the author: Dr. Roy Dittman is author of Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child, a ground-breaking, three-book trilogy. To order a copy of Dr. Dittman’s book – visit: BrightonBaby.com

With over 30 years of experience in perinatal and longevity sciences, Dr. Dittman’s life-long commitment to transforming the way in which we conceive, birth, and raise children inspires couples to take action now to protect their future children’s destiny. You can follow him on Facebook, at “Brighton Baby”; and through his weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com

References:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity_in_the_United_States#Total_costs_to_the_US – “Obesity in the United States”
2. Price comparisons made in 2012 between Trader Joeʼs, Orange County, California, and Whole Foods Market, Orange County. Other comparisons made between Trader Joe’s, Orange County, California and Ralph’s Supermarket, Orange County, California.

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  • Eileen

    Perhaps the difference is that with organic food, you pay out of pocket. With conventional GMO food everyone else pays, either through a tax (ObamaCare) or higher premiums (3rd party payers). So in a sense, Dr Oz is correct when says organic food is more expensive. Discounting society costs is erroneous but until we change how health care is financed so people know the cost of their eating habits, people will continue to think organic food is more expensive.

  • Jaime

    I think Dr. Oz’s comment was more of a subliminal one, “Stay away from our organics. This food is only for the 1% and that includes me.”

  • michael

    The problem.. as I see it .. is that although there are discount organic stores to get these items.. they are still sometimes twice as expensive as the regular.. Jumbo eggs in walmart a little over $2 dozen extra large posted her at $2.75.. butter at regular store can be around $2-3 bucks not $4… so for those of us who are on a limited budget.. the organic is still even at a discount store.. too expensive most of the time… 🙁

  • Steve

    Michael, with all due respect, you might consider cutting something else in your budget, and not eating poisonous garbage to save money.

  • Roy Dittmann

    Aside from dried raw kale chips, which cost $6 to $8 for a 2 ounce bag (ridiculous!)… eating organic is not more expensive… as long as you cut out the empty calories. Spending money on snack foods and carbs adds up fast.

    If you can switch to a quality protein shake (made with organic, grass-fed whey) and raw eggs (cleaned on the outside first)… your morning meal will cost less than a trip to Denny’s or McDonald’s in the morning.

    Eating 1500 calories a day of quality organic food is healthier than eating 2200 calories of junk. At the end of the day… the daily costs are even. And as you age, your body will cost less to repair (an added bonus).

  • Michael

    Where are these so called ‘discount health stores’?

  • Roy Dittmann

    Trader Joe’s has dozens of organic discount items that are much less expensive than other health food stores. In southern California, Mother’s Market carries dozens of items that are substantially discounted… while Sprouts (formerly Henry’s Market) also carries dozens of discount health food store brands. The key is not to buy all your groceries from one place. Many stores promote what are called “loss leaders” to lure you into the store and then charge premiums on other items they think you will need while you are there. Shop around and you can save big!

  • Marc Authier

    They guy was bougth off. Its quite clear. Bad science because the facts of the nocivity of GMOs is today quite clear and Dr Oz is just obsessed with ONE thing Money, but certainly not true science and your health.