If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that organic food is better for you.
It’s more sustainable for the land, it contains less nasties like preservatives, pesticides and herbicides and it generally offers higher nutritional value than its non-organic counterpart.
But organic food can often burn a hole in your pocket. There’s much more involved in growing organic food without the use of chemicals, and the demand isn’t quite there yet. The result? Higher prices for everyone.
But what if we told you that there are some organic products out there that are actually cheaper or the same price as their non-organic counterparts. That’s right – they cost less and they’re better for you. And the planet. Hallelujah!
Don’t worry, we’ve done the digging for you. Here are 10 products you can buy cheaper organic!
Many non-organic, commercial dates are subject to a lengthy process in order to prolong their shelf life and keep them fresh for shipping. This includes polishing, sterilising, pressing, freezing and often steaming, leaving little nutrition behind – which is one of the reasons we love eating dates in the first place!
Organic Pitted Dates $8.44 per 1kg
Woolworths Pitted Dates $11.00 per 1kg
Did you know that ONE conventional apricot contains the maximum amount of preservative recommended for a child to consume in an entire day?! We compared our TWC dried apricots with a non-organic product of equal quality.
Our Organic Dried Apricots $8.59 per 500g
Angas Park Dried Apricots from Woolies $13.50 per 500g
Aside from not using pesticides and disinfectants, organic maple growers are also required to adhere to strict growing guidelines. They need to guarantee the health of the tree and the surrounding forest, participate in biomass recycling and consider the whole ecosystem around them. So supporting these growers is not only good for you, but important for the environment too!
Our Certified Organic Maple Syrup $8.77 per 250ml bottle
(price has reduced)
Queen Pure Canadian Maple Syrup $9.00 per 250ml bottle
Unless you’re buying organic almonds and cashews, quite often these guys aren’t truly raw (even when they say they are). There are laws requiring them to be pasteurised or heated before going to market. Almonds easily absorb pesticides due to their high oil content, and conventional cashews are treated with endosulfan, which is highly toxic to both humans and animals. So it definitely pays to go organic with both of these nuts – and your ABC butter too. And if you can do it at a lower cost then it’s a no-brainer!
Our Certified Organic ABC Butter $5.44 per 100g
Melrose Spread ABC Butter $5.58 per 100g
Apart from the damage that dodgy procurement methods of seaweed cause to the coastlines, seaweed can also contain high levels of heavy metals, arsenic and other toxins. Certified organic seaweed is highly nutritious and wild-grown. We compared the price of our certified organic seaweed rice crackers with a product of equal quality and liked what we found!
Our Certified Organic Green Tea & Seaweed Brown Rice Crackers $2.45 per 100g
Eat Rite Rice Crackers Tamari Seaweed $3.69 per 100g
The staggering health benefits of pumpkin seeds come from their unusual nutritional composition, including impressive quantities of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, zinc, iron, protein and omega 6. Like almonds, their high oil content makes them sponges for chemicals, so they can also retain high levels of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Organically grown, chemical-free pumpkin seeds offer all the health benefits without any hidden extra ingredients.
Our Organic Pepitas $8.76 per 500g
Woolies Pepitas Raw $11.00 per 500g
Chia seeds are so fun to watch as they swell and expand when soaked in water or any liquid. Do you also love how they feel in your mouth? Chia seeds absorb liquid easily and turn into a gel-like substance. And this is exactly why organic is always the best choice. The seeds absorb the sprayed pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers like a sponge. Because of this, the nasties can’t be washed off.
Our Black Chia Seeds $1.18 per 100g
Woolworths Chia Seeds Black $3.60 per 100g
When shopping for coconut cream, simply remember the two-ingredient rule. Coconut cream contains two ingredients only – coconut or coconut extract and water. That’s it! The ingredients to watch out for? These are artificial preservatives, emulsifying agents like guar gum or thickener, sugar and carrageenan. And of course, the can must be BPA/BPS free.
Our Coconut Cream (BPA Free) $2.49 per 400g can
Ayam Coconut Cream $3.00 per 400 mL
Goji berries are packed with a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that work synergistically to create a very powerful antioxidant effect. But reports have shown that they can sometimes contain high levels of pesticides. Just recently, Swedish authorities found high residues of carbofuran in their imported goji berries – three times more than what is considered safe and legal. High quantities of carbofuran can have detrimental effects on both human health and the environment. That’s why we choose organic – there’s no more uncertainty and we’re reassured that there are no nasties lurking. And when they’re coming in way cheaper than their non-organic counterpart – there’s no reason not to!
Our Organic Goji Berries $3.31 per 100g
Woolies Macro Goji Berries $5.30 per 100g
It’s been reported that some non-organic coconuts may be preserved for transport by dipping them in chemicals, including formaldehyde, a well known carcinogen. This leads to the possibility that these chemicals seep into the coconut meat and poison the water. We’ve compared our coconut water with a conventional product of equal quality (without the nasty added preservatives etc.) and we’ve come out tops. In our honest opinion, organic is always better. Especially when it’s cheaper!
Our Natural Organic Coconut Water $3.45 per litre
H2coco Coconut Water from Woolworths $6 per litre
Gotta Go Organic
All round, it’s not hard to see why organic is always the better option. But when we know we can get it at a price that’s equal or even lower than its non-organic counterpart, it’s a no brainer.
Grab any of these babies here today! Good for you, good for the planet and good for your wallet.
Oh and hey – there are more! Check out our coconut milk and coconut cream too. Along with a few other products, they’re also coming in cheaper than conventional!
Disclaimer: prices are accurate at the time of publishing. And although we’re pretty sure you won’t be able to find a conventional product of equal quality cheaper than our organic option, there may be other options out there that we couldn’t find.