Cheap vs. Expensive Foods: What Wins at Checkout?

Is high-priced organic peanut butter really healthier for you? We compare the nutrients and find some surprising results.

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lukutiss1324
lukutiss1324

My opinion: Save money on useless stuff and buy the best food you can afford, so it's both delicious and healthy.

This article was disgusting. Choose between frozen and canned peas? What about fresh? How can you even compare steak to canned tuna? How can you compare Hershey's to chocolate? French's yellow dye vs good quality French mustard? It's sad that Time would publish this article.

I would like the following actions from Time magazine:

-Remove this article

-Apologise, in writing, for having ever published this nonsense

-Promise to check articles for factual accuracy before publishing, especially articles with scientific evidence

Jbirdd38
Jbirdd38

Yikes, this is a terrible article! Find me a conventional milk that is made without the use of steroids, hormones, and pesticides. And conventional peanut butter almost always contains hydrogenated oils, verses the organic which contains peanuts. This girl may have a degree in journalism, but perhaps she should be consulting someone with a degree in nutrition (such as myself). Frightening what consumers will believe today, but it's really not their fault, now is it?

boondockpurist
boondockpurist

Hershey's has a hard time complying with child labor laws. While they are cheaper, it is on the backs of child labor.

JAZIAM
JAZIAM

I nearly quit my PB habit when I read it is 190 calories per tbsp.  Checked my JIF.  190 calories per 2 tbsp. 

NonnyMaus
NonnyMaus

"Paying more for [honey] gets you little. It’s pricier, but calorically and nutritionally the same."

Except calories aren't the only thing shoppers should be concerned about. Supermarket honey is highly filtered and refined, and not just to prevent it from crystallizing on store shelves: it's also free of any pollen that might identify its provenance. That's intentionally done by shady producers trying to pass off Chinese honey, often diluted with cheaper sweeteners like HFCS, as the product of the country they're passing it through. There have also been problems (reported by Time Magazine, ironically) with Chinese honey tainted with lead, antibiotics, and other chemicals.

j_hacks
j_hacks

The peanut butter part cracks me up the most.  Just give me a funnel and some HFCS.  This is beyond the organic argument.  You can skip organic and still not eat *complete* crap.  This person has no knowledge of nutrition and how it works.  This should be in Tiger Beat, not this magazine.

rebb_
rebb_

wow.  talk about missing the point. These food choices are about far more than a one-for-one comparison of calories. Fair Trade chocolate means it wasn't made by child slave labor; free range eggs means the animals weren't tortured; organic milk means no recombinant bovine growth hormone, antibiotics or pesticide residues.  These are extremely important values--ones worth paying for. 

StevenCremonni
StevenCremonni

Really Dr Oz....you need to check your facts...you are a doctor, yes?

The nutritional improvement between farm fresh eggs and supermarket eggs is substantial. And they taste so much better.

Farm fresh eggs contain.....1/3 less cholesterol1/4 less saturated fat2/3 more vitamin A2 times more omega-3 fatty acids3 times more Vitamin E7 times more beta carotene4-6 times more vitamin D.......than commercial eggs.

Then you say there is no nutritional advantage to organic family farm milk over store bought although you mention that the absence of hormone and antibiotics in organic milk "may be important" Really Oz.., it MAY be important.

Damn..you are a quack and the fact that Time published this article compels me to cancel my subscription. If I wanted mid cult mis-information like this I would watch network news.

This article is truly bogus. I just haven't quite figured out the motive yet...but if I follow the money it will soon become apparent.

KaEo
KaEo

I don't know about tasting the difference between free range and caged chicken eggs. But I bought some expensive "farm fresh" eggs once just for the hell of it and they were amazing. Then I bought some even more fresh eggs from an actual farmer.  It was mind blowing.

Sherry
Sherry

I disagree about honey and peanut butter

Processed honey losses a lot of nutritional value and there is a more nutritional peanut butter without sugar

and frozen veggies have more nutrition because they are less processed-  food in cans has BPA's a chemical to keep the can intact

There is not much merit in this article -it has not been researched

GerritJandeVries
GerritJandeVries

this year was exeptionally good for honey in the netherlands. outside in the woods you could really smell the honey. and now it is in a jar and can be bought at the market for about 5$

GerritJandeVries
GerritJandeVries

at the farm we pay only 20 cents, in the supermarket about 30. real eggs from chickens that live mostly outside and eat normal, natural chicken food! they taste good (the eggs) and look good.

CSR
CSR

"This content was payed for by the American Board for Shit Foods"

StinkyNunchucks
StinkyNunchucks

This article misses the boat on the reason people eat organic foods. They generally eat them to avoid pesticides, not for increased nutrition. The comparison of arbitrarily chosen chocolate bars is the Titanic. There are inorganic chocolate bars just as nutritious as the organic bar they chose. 

nicolembae
nicolembae

Seriously? I live on a budget. Yes, I would fare better financially if I lived ignorantly like this joke of a journalist here. But I've done enough research myself to know all of the benefits of buying organic and fair-trade. I can only hope other readers of this article will do the same and have better understanding of it too. Long term benefits of supporting the right way of manufacturing, growing, distributing, to consuming will not only benefit your health, your kids' health, but their future on this planet. It far outweighs the few extra dollars you can save now.

engelmanniii
engelmanniii

espero que puedan traducir mi mensaje! desde mi punto de vista, en efecto los productos orgánicos podrán tener más grasas y calorías que las golosinas, sin embargo, se tratan de grasas sanas o no saturadas que no causan daños a la salud y obviamente son de origen natural. En cambio, los chocolates y comidas baratas se caracterizan por contener azucares, fibras, pastas y sales refinadas, y grasas saturadas de origen animal que dan origen a enfermedades de sobrepeso, digestivos y cardíacos, así mismo, promueven la formación de canceres! ... creo que al artículo le falta analizar más a fondo el origen, tipo, ventajas y desventajas de consumir estos productos!

farrensw
farrensw

Journalism is not reading the nutrition label on two packages and seeing that they both have 8% riboflavin and therefore are the same thing. This article grossly oversimplifies the reasons why educated shoppers prefer organic and natural products, including protection of the environment, health risks associated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and ethical treatment of workers and livestock. I understand that organic foods are out of budget for many -- and that is its own issue -- but the people who can afford to and choose to purchase organic are doing so for much more than simple nutrition.

simeon7777
simeon7777

Looks like you're shopping at Giant, and therefor paying too much

HonestAbe
HonestAbe

The taste and appearance of organic foods from carrots to yolk eggs is self evident. Mineral contents may be similar but the toxic GMO food industry plus fungicide and pesticide applications to crops toxifies and destroys the natural integrity of natural food.

GarySFBCN
GarySFBCN

Ridiculous.  Some peanut butters are full of hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats).  This Time Magazine feature seems to be nothing more than food industry propaganda.  Shame on you all.  

KaEo
KaEo

@GerritJandeVries And they're much more fresh which I think makes a big difference in taste.