These foods are a MASSIVE waste of money

By Dr Joe Mercola

Did you know that even the lowest-priced supermarket is brimming with complete rip-offs? From health foods that aren’t healthy to gourmet foods that aren’t gourmet, every store is chock-full of items that can be a big wallop to your pocketbook, unless you know the secrets to shopping wisely.

A sample rip-off list comes with a couple surprises – for example, did you know that gluten-free bread may not be the bargain you expect or that cereal packages with cartoons on the front are red lights for rip-offs?

The good news is there’s a nice long list of 40 items that not only give you a good bang for your buck, but a boost to your health as well, such as blueberries, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes.

When it comes to the price of food, I think it’s extremely important to remember that a food cannot be judged by its sticker price alone. Whether or not you’re actually getting any nutrition from it is far more important. Believe me, a diet consisting of daily $1.99 hamburgers and other fast foods, while appearing to be frugal, is far from it when you consider what these foods are doing—or not doing—to your health.

This will be a progressively increasing concern as we are virtually assured in the United States and many other countries that there will be serious inflation coming as a result of the massive devaluation of the dollar.

Processed Foods are Massive Rip-Offs

While trying to list every single food that’s a complete rip-off would result in a very thick book, I firmly believe it’s safe to say that virtually all processed snacks and the majority of processed, pre-packaged meals are a massive waste of money. These types of foods consist mainly of fillers and additives, and very few actual nutrients. So while Funyuns made it onto Yahoo Health’s list of rip-offs, I can’t think of a single chip or puffed snack that doesn’t belong on that list.

The same goes for virtually all breakfast cereals, whether they have cartoons on the box or not. Most cereals are frightfully high in sugar, and any nutrients they boast are in the form of suboptimal synthetic additives, or worse.

For example, iron fortified cereals can contain actual iron filings, which is a far cry from the bioavailable iron you get from iron-rich vegetables like spinach. If you haven’t seen this eye-opening demonstration of what’s really in that fortified breakfast cereal, take a look now—you’ll probably never buy another box of cereal again, and rightfully so.

Organic Rip-Offs

I do agree with the contention that some organic foods are rip-offs, when their conventional counterparts are already grown using low amounts of pesticides and the food in question must be peeled anyway, such as bananas.

The Environmental Working Group is a reliable source when trying to decide on what to buy organic. According to their latest 2010 pesticide review, the following 12 foods rank as the most pesticide-free produce, even when conventionally-grown, so you can save a few bucks by opting for the conventionally-grown version of these:

Onions Avocados Watermelon
Pineapple Mango Frozen sweet peas
Asparagus Kiwi Cabbage
Eggplant Cantaloupe

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7 responses to “These foods are a MASSIVE waste of money

  1. Glad you removed the corn from the list… i read this article on the Mercola site and that one stuck out for me. Also, thanks for not hopping on the fear and mongering bandwagon. My opinion of the Health Ranger has, sadly, dropped since he teamed up with AJ…. i wonder what happened there?

  2. I saw Dr. Mercola on the Dr. Oz show. It was an informative segment which if I remember correctly dealth mostly on supplements. As an 80 year- old vegan I subscribe to their use- though Dr. Mercola takes only 4 a day. Things may change when he gets older. I’ve gone to his internet site as well. Thanx for the good info, Dr. Mercola!

  3. Please DON’T BUY Conventional Pineapples, it’s not worth it, even if you can scrape-off all the toxins before you give it to your kids. Buying their stuff tells them its ok to remove forests for plantations and apply toxic pesticides to the land and people. But I doubt “voting with your dollars” is enough to stop these Earth-defilers at this point.

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  7. i’m pretty sure pickles and olives are not fermented

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