October 10, 2005

Let's Go Krogering

Keleigh and I typically shop at Whole Foods (hereafter referred to as WF, because I'm lazy), which is a great place for getting food that is organic, isn't overly processed, and is generally better for you. Before we switched to WF, we used to shop at Kroger, which worked out well, as there are a bunch of Kroger's in the area. Every once in a while, when we're pressed for time or need something 'mainstream' that WF doesn't have, we'll go to Kroger.

Since we've been shopping at WF, we've averaged about $75 a week. Everyone told us to expect to spend a lot more at WF than we were spending at Kroger, but it actually turned out to be less. We were spending about $110 a week at Kroger, so WF has saved us $35 a week. We went to Kroger to get groceries this week and spent $141!

So, we took a look at what we bought, and why it was so much more, and we came across two important themes: We bought stuff we probably shouldn't be eating, and almost everything we bought had -tons- of sugar in it.

Take a look at the nutritional information in your cereal, your yogurt, and drinks. It's scary. Take, for instance, the Yoplait 'Nouriche SuperSmoothie' (11oz), a yogurt/fruit smoothie thing, sounds healthy right? Ten grams protein, five grams fiber, 30% of the recommended calcium, and a giant sack of sugar...42grams. To put this into perspective, a can (12 oz) of Coke has 39grams. Insanity!

We bought chocolate covered almonds, microwave 'kettle corn', Dinty Moore beef stew (fat in a can), and a bunch of other not-so-healthy things that we wouldn't have purchased at WF.

So, it comes down to this. You can spend less shopping at WF, where products are generally more expensive than their 'mainstream' counterparts, because you won't buy a bunch of crap. You'll eat better (less sugar especially), you'll feel better, and you'll be supporting organic (and small-scale) farming and production.

2 Comments:

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous said...

My brother cares about small-scale farmers??? What is this? Who are you and what have you done with my brother. You are a poser aren't you?

 
At 1:14 PM, Jeremiah said...

I care, I just don't care to -be- one. I care because I'm afraid of mega-farms, I'm afraid of chickens that have to live in one foot wire cubes, and I'm afraid of the food that comes from these places.

 

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