Comparing Apples to Oranges

by James & Miel on June 15, 2009 · 0 comments

As summer continues to set in, fresh berries and fruit start to dominate the fresh produce aisles. As you browse through produce at your local farmer’s market or grocery store, it is important to keep a few things in mind about value.

It is important to make sure that we are comparing apples to apples for the value of fruit. Sounds simple, but we tend misjudge the price and value of fruits.

For example, typically one thinks of fruit like apples and oranges as less expensive, but over the years these have gone up as well. You can even save money on these purchases when you have the right information. Here are a few things to pay attention to:

  1. Portions. While berries may be more expensive, they also typically have several servings of fruit in one container. This means that the overall price per fruit serving may actually be less.
  2. Price per Pound. It is easy to compare cereal and milk prices, but comparing fruit is more difficult since fruit can vary greatly per pound. What might look expensive might be a bargain for light weight produce such as say lettuce versus asparagus or berries versus melons.
  3. Nutritional Value. Also keep in mind that value doesn’t always come at the price alone. Full on anti-oxidants, berries have much higher nutritional value than many other fruits. Remember that eating a variety of colors is your best bet for a healthy diet.
  4. Comparison Value. Another thing to consider is bumping up your intake of fruits and cutting back on processed snacks. This along would both help keep your budget level and improve your health.

Happy Summer!

Miel

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