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  •  There's "choice," and there's choice (8+ / 0-)

    Your food budget often determines just how much (or how little) choice you have. It's no secret that cheap and plentiful "comfort foods" are high-carb and corn or starch-based, and come with a higher-than-average amount of fats.

    It's starting to penetrate just how little actual food is in "cheap food", but people still have that hard decision to make when it comes to the checkout line--can I get 6 bags of frozen dinners made of "stuff" or 3 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables and butcher meats, and what do I do with it when I get it home, and is 9 PM too late for dinner.

    How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

    by athenap on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:47:50 PM PDT

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    •  At the local grocery - (9+ / 0-)

      90 cents to a buck for the cheap bread. This is the bread with the WIC sticker on it.

      Nearly two bucks for the whole wheat with no HFCS, because that chain makes it in store brand. If you get there when they have a few loaves marked down it's the same price as the cheap bread - but WIC won't pay and you can't count on finding it every week.

      If you shop at other groceries or don't know that part of the store-brand line is HFCS-free, you're looking at artisan-type brands with no preservatives and thus no shelf-life. At about 4-5 bucks a loaf with half the slices of the other two options.

      Ketchup. Hunts is HFCS-free in this market now. Heinz has a similar line, at higher cost than their HFCS products. WIC covers the HFCS store brand. The store brand is also half the price. The non-HFCS other than Hunts is never on sale and oh look there are never coupons here for the HFCS-free Heinz products.

      And twice or more food for an equal price here in Appalachian coal country is something not many people can afford to pass up even if WIC isn't helping to pay the grocery bill.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 07:58:45 PM PDT

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    •  true but there are immediate choices that (1+ / 0-)
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      could be made that would dramatically impact both health and sugar intact.

      As I orginially mentioned when I worked food service I had regulars that would have 50+ ozs of soda in a given day and that was just the average.

      I am not saying that every solution is simple or easy but there are many that are. Especially for those that are not just on the edge of what the BMI or body fat chart says but for those that are clearly into the obese territory.

      Exercise is another major thing, you don't even need to train hard or long even 2 trips to the gym or working out at home a week can really help.

      •  It's perception (1+ / 0-)
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        And as Cassandra above said, it's perception of value. I remember when I pinched pennies in college that a 32 oz soda cost 39 cents. If you got one with no ice, you could take it home and get three people a drink with it, versus a bottle of fruit juice that was 1.29 that would only serve one. Granted, we were college students at the time, but even now, you go to the burger joint and bottled water is 1.75 while sodas are 1.29 with free refills, and it's a small wonder why people are loading up on the corn-fillers.

        Most people are in the default perception that all food is more or less the same in terms of actual food--that a frozen dinner with meat and vegetables is about the same nutritive value as a freshly-made one, maybe a little less because it's frozen, but not demonstrably different. When that's just not the case because of all the sodium and preservatives and processing done.

        How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

        by athenap on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 03:21:34 PM PDT

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        •  I just graduated from college (0+ / 0-)

          so you don't need to explain pinching pennies but there's also a balance there. If you're buying crap that ultimalte hurts you where really is the savings?

          It's why i won't buy those 99 cent loaves, they're crap mostly air and the rest is questionable. You're better off paying a dollar maybe 2 more for actual bread.

          And don't buy into the bottle water bullshit that's a huge racket.

          As I said it's about choices and one of those choices is being willing/able to make hard decesions. To not buy crap to say I really don't need soda today or even this week. Or to say you know I have a spare hour I'm going to go for a walk.

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