A health conscious trend has emerged after decades of cattle being king. The shift from red meat to white meat, particularly poultry, has raised heart-healthy awareness. However, increased cost correlates with such trends and is reflected in the grocery bill during this heart health month of February.
Cardiovascular insights in 2013 are catching on as evidenced by the price of produce. Vegetarianism, in many different incarnations, is known to benefit our health environmentally, communally and individually. Sustainable resources of growing our own foods and supporting local businesses contribute to our overall health, as well as our individual internal wellness.
A recent cursory investigation showed a local grocery store selling fresh produce and prepared vegetables for a dollar or more per pound than the deli meats, cheeses and prepared meat dishes. This is a good thing, right? Herein lies the rub…not all vegetables are created equal. Vegetables are a better choice than meats but the processing and location from where that produce originates can contribute to the increased cost and diminished value of genetically modified, chemically treated food. If you are going to invest in your health by incorporating more plant based foods into your diet, you will benefit from organically grown produce and you feel the difference.