The grass fed equivalent products tend to have between 3 and 5 times as much CLA as their grain fed counterparts.
Bringing us back to the issue I’ve been arguing for many years now.
What you are purchasing when you buy food is not the volume of the food.
Your body doesn’t function on quantity of food it functions on the quality of the nutrients you give it.
And, whilst it may be more expensive to buy organic and grass-fed equivalents gram for gram, you are actually getting MORE for your money nutrient for nutrient in most cases.
The problem comes when you look to go for the healthier options but consume the same quantity of food and then compare the cost. Whereas, if you were to strip it down to how much it costs to purchase the beef equivalent of CLA, the salmon equivalent of Omega 3 or the equivalent level of vitamin E from your tomatoes by purchasing grass fed, wild and organic equivalents, you would find you need to purchase small quantities at a higher gram for gram cost and would likely end up financially better off and certainly healthier as a result.
Key points to take away:
Don’t demonize food groups by their labels.
Not all trans fats are bad
Nutrients found in nature are generally good for you regardless of their ‘label’
Nature produced food products are much higher in vitamins and minerals when they are not interfered with.
Your body understands nutritional quality not volume of food.
If you purchase healthy, nutrient rich alternatives you don’t need to consume the same amount to achieve the same nutritional input (and therefore you will feel satisfied with less).
It is certainly possible for healthy eating to become extremely expensive
Given some of the mark ups some places (such as whole foods) put on health based products (Have a search for the scandal regarding asparagus infused water) it is still possible to raise your healthy eating costs through the roof.
But, as with the trans fats label, you can’t tarnish everything under one heading with the same brush. And saying that eating healthy is more expensive as a blanket statement is just plain wrong.
I feel such an argument is often made from those who want to justify their fast food choices. Even if only subconsciously, they just don’t want to give them up.
The truth of the matter is, if you shop based on nutritional value alone, it is possible to buy more for less.
Not only that your future self (along with the health service) will be grateful for it.