April 17, 2011 Organic Fruit and Vegetables: What’s The Difference?
I don’t know about you guys, but not much excites me the way grocery shopping does. Sad? Maybe, but unpacking all my fresh produce and little ingredients when I get home makes me the happiest of happy campers. Only thing that I enjoy more (this is the OCD in me) is when I arrive at a supermarket and everything is packed away neatly and in perfect order so that it looks like an organised food utopia.
What I am realising though is that this little fetish of mine costs me almost double per week what a usual bill should be. I also am too aware that grocery bills are infinitely cheaper if you were to buy all processed pre-packaged meals and frozen goods. I could easily feed myself on less than $50 a week, if I ate 2 Minute noodles, frozen pies and frozen vegetables. But that really defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to achieve and at the end of the day I value my health and the way I feel over having extra money in the bank. Is it fair that it costs far more to eat healthier? No. Fuck no. It should be the other way around, if you compare the obesity epidemic to that of the poverty line I think you’d find a common ground here. Most people are struggling to afford to be able to feed their children nutritious meals, and when you can buy pre made food for far less which parents are going to choose to be in the kitchen for all hours of the day preparing fresh produce and paying extra for it? Anyway, that’s an arguement to take up with the world another day….
My problem is however realising that my already astronomical bill could increase even further if I were to switch from standard fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) to organic fresh produce. Have you seen the difference in price? And with bananas currently asking for $12.99 per kilo, it’s hard enough as it is…
So when it comes to organic produce vs regular, what is the difference anyway?
- Standard vegetables over the years have been bred over time to maximise their size, sugar content and appearance. With organic vegetables you tend to find that they are still more ‘wild’ and therefore contain far more micronutrients and antioxidants, which is the reason we eat vegetables in the first place. As humans we can’t produce micronutrients on our own and that’s why we’re told we need our daily 2 fruits and 5 vegetables minimum to get all our essential vitamin needs. If the vegetables we are eating have been modified; it’s hard to tell we’re really getting the core value of what we should find in these fruits and vegetables originally.
- Organic fruit and vegetables are free from pesticides, food additives, and chemical fertilizers. Which basically means you aren’t at risk of any chemical consumption which is better for your body, and organic farming helps reduce any environmental impact.
- Tastes are varied. There have been blind food tests where people are given two lots of vegetables and asked which plate tastes better, the organic or the standard variety, often with vegetables the organic type was selected but with fruit it was found that the standard produce was selected first. Possibly due to modified sugar content in modified fruit, but obviously, there isn’t a large difference.
- Costs are varied. I logged onto Coles website earlier to have a look at the difference and this is what I’ve discovered (prices are per kilo):
Carrots: Standard $1.18 vs. Organic $3.48
Sweet Potato: Standard $2.98 vs Organic $8.56
Broccoli: Standard $3.48 vs Organic $4.48
Mushrooms: Standard $19.90 vs Organic $39.87
- As you can see – the price difference is ridiculous. I don’t know too much about buying from an organic produce store, but I assume the Coles prices would be fairly similar (if I’m wrong, comment and let me know).