We were reading a very interesting article on a health and nutrition website
recently and we want to take some time today to get across our own thoughts
on their ideas. The article discussed how people prioritise their nutrition
nowadays and the impact that may have on their health. Keep reading for some
We were always under the impression that food and drink gets more and more
expensive every year. All you see in the news is complaints about inflation
and the rising cost of living. It makes us feel like we're paying over the
odds in order to feed our family. Interestingly though, food has never
really been cheaper than in the last decade. A recent study in America has
shown that the population spends, on average, less than 7% of their income
on their nutrition. By doing some simple maths you can then work out that in
America they are currently spending an average of $1.75 on each meal
(presuming they have 3 meals a day, and using the average income of the
$1.75 per meal. To us that sounds crazy cheap. In the UK we'd imagine it'd
be a little more expensive than that, but not because we choose a higher
quality food, instead we'd imagine it's because the costs of living is
generally a little higher. It's pretty safe to say that we'd be eating food
with similar nutritional value to the Americans as our diets are so similar.
Comparing some costs of food today to food 100 years ago we can also see
that the cost of ingredients and general food items has reduced drastically.
In 1913 a dozen eggs would've cost over £13 and today you can pick them up
for less than $2. A lot of the reason behind the reduced cost of food is
going to be the invention of agricultural machinery that helps farmers
produce more food with less input, therefore reducing their costs. However,
when we get to see how some of the big cost savings come about we're not so
sure we want to be spending such a small amount on our nutrition.
Meat is pumped with water to add weight but in order to keep the texture
they add chemical stabilisers. Chemical fertilisers are used to increase
crop yields, but remain in the food when it hits your dinner table.
Intensively farmed animals are pumped full of antibiotics and fed grain for
their whole live, drastically altering the nutritional content of their meat
and other produce. Food now travels thousands of miles to your table rather
than just a few miles - preservatives and other chemicals are used to make
the food last long enough and taste fresh when you eat it. These are just a
few of the processes that make food cheaper for us nowadays.
The difficulty is that all of these processes reduce the quality of the
nutrition we gain from the food and can actually contribute (over a longer
period of time) to the increase in certain diseases and illnesses of the
population. Food additives are always flying in and out of the headlines for
health and safety reasons, sugar and sweeteners are some of the most
controversial currently. If you could physically see all those additives,
chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, preservatives and stabilisers on your
plate would you still eat the food? Interesting question.
All we want to do today is help people see that they have a choice when it
comes to their nutrition and how they feed their family. Are there things in
your life that you can sacrifice in order to spend that bit more on buying
higher quality, grass fed, naturally reared, local produce instead of the
mass produced, chemical laden cheap food? A couple of years ago we gave up
alcohol and we have never smoked. Instead, our money is spent of buying
decent food with good nutritional content (most of the time) so our families
can be as healthy as possible.
We're not saying that you have to do the same, just think about where your
money goes and if it needs to be 're-balanced' so you can get better
nutrition. It'll be cheaper in the long run - you'll live healthier for