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If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that organic is better for you.

It’s more sustainable for the land, it contains fewer nasties like preservatives, pesticides or 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 is not 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 than 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 foods you can buy cheaper organic!

1. Pitted Dates

Many non-organic, commercial dates are subject to a lengthy process to prolong their shelf life and keep them good for shipping. This includes polishing, sterilising, pressing, freezing and often steaming. This leaves little nutrition and healing aspects in them – which is the reason we love eating dates in the first place!

Organic Pitted Dates $11.17 per kilo


Woolworths Pitted Dates $20.00 per kilo

Pitted Dates from Woolworths

Reference http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0681e/t0681e05.htm

2. Dried Apricots

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 that was of equal quality.

Our Certified Organic Dried Apricots $10.44 per 500g bag.


Angas Park Dried Apricots from Woolies $13.20 per 500g

Dried Apricots from Woolworths

Reference https://www.tropicalharvestqld.com.au/pages/why-sulphur-free

3. Maple Syrup

Putting the use of pesticides and disinfectants aside, organic maple growers are required to adhere to strict growing guidelines They need to guarantee the health of the tree, 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


Queen Pure Canadian Maple Syrup $7.00 per 250ml bottle

Reference http://andersonsmaplesyrup.com/index.php?page=organic_nonorganic

4. ABC Butter (Almond, Brazil Nut and Cashew Butter)

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. Also, almonds easily absorb pesticides due to their high oil content – and cashews are treated with endosulfan which is highly toxic to both humans and animals. So it definitely pays to go organic with both these nuts – and your ABC Butter too. And if you can do it at a lower or equal cost then it’s a no-brainer!

Our Certified Organic ABC Butter $5.57 per 100g


Melrose Spread ABC Butter $5.58 per 100g

ABC nut butter

Reference: http://www.almonds.com/processors/processing-safe-product#pasteurization

5. Seaweed Rice Crackers

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 rice crackers with a product equal in 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

Eat rite Rice Crackers

Reference https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/surveillance/documents/Survey%20of%20inorganic%20arsenic%20in%20seaweed%20and%20seaweed%20.pdf

6. Pepitas

The staggering health benefits of pumpkin seeds come from their unusual nutritional composition including impressive levels of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, zinc, iron, protein and vitamins. Like almonds, their high fat and oil content makes them sponges for chemicals, so they can also contain high levels of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organically grown, chemical-free sunflower seeds offer all the health benefits without any hidden extra ingredients.

Our Certified Organic Pepitas $1.78 per 100g


Woolies Select Pepitas $2.00 per 100g

Pepitas pumpkin seeds from woolworths

Reference http://www.worldwellnesseducation.org/nuts-and-seeds/

7. Raw Cashews

Most of Australia’s cashews are imported from India and Vietnam. Endosulfan, a pesticide that’s banned in most countries but is still legal in India and USA, is used on non-organic cashew trees. It is highly toxic to humans and animals, and washes into waterways where it harms aquatic life. It affects the central nervous system and causes damage to kidneys, liver and testes. We compared our organic cashews with another brand of equal premium quality. We came in less and without the nasties!

Our Raw Cashews, Premium Organic $27.48 per 1kg


Premium Raw Cashews from Toosh Foods $35.00 per 1kg

Premium Raw Cashews

Reference https://www.alternet.org/environment/endosulfan-has-killed-many-epa-slow-ban-its-use

8. Raw Macadamias

Macadamia nuts are an excellent source of manganese and thiamine, and their high levels of oleic acid reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and boost memory. But currently, there are eight registered chemicals permitted for use in macadamia farming in Australia. Chlorpyrifos is one which is listed as one of Australia’s most dangerous pesticides. And Atrazine is another one. Banned in most countries, it contaminates drinking water and is linked to reproductive diseases, including prostate cancer. Chemicals aside – we really want to support our Australian organic farmers here too.

Our Organic Raw Australian Macadamias $33.52 per 500g


Raw Macadamias from Toosh Foods $34.40 per 500g

Reference http://www.thefoodmentalist.com/2014/05/the-queen-of-nuts-australian-macadamia.html

9. Goji Berries

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 be found with high traces of pesticides. Just recently, Swedish authorities found high residues of Carbofuran in their imported Goji Berries – three times more than what is safe and allowed. High levels of Carbofuran can specifically have detrimental effects on human health and the environment. Which is why we go for organic – it takes out the uncertainty and we’re reassured there are no nasties lurking. And when they’re coming in way cheaper than their non-organic counterpart – it’s an added bonus!

Our Organic Goji Berries $3.94 per 100g


Morlife Goji Berries from Coles $4.81 per 100g

Goji Berries

Reference http://www.freshplaza.com/article/172926/Sweden-detects-dangerous-pesticide-in-Goji-berries-from-the-Netherlands

10. Coconut Water

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 product equal in quality (without the nasty 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 $3.65 per litre


Kara Coco Coconut Water from Doorstep Organics $4.50 per litre

Coconut Water

Reference http://www.rawguru.com/i45.html

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 better priced than its non-organic counterpart – it’s a no-brainer.

To grab any of these babies at member prices, check out our membership options 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!

Disclaimer: Prices were 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.

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