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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!



1. Pitted Dates

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!

Ours
Organic Pitted Dates $10.13 per 1kg 


Theirs

Woolworths Pitted Dates $20.00 per 1kg


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 of equal quality.

Ours
Our Certified Organic Dried Apricots $8.61 per 500g


Theirs

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

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!

Ours
Our Certified Organic Maple Syrup $8.86 per 250ml bottle


Theirs

Queen Pure Canadian Maple Syrup $9.00 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. 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!

Ours
Our Certified Organic ABC Butter $5.44 per 100g


Theirs

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 seaweed rice crackers with a product of equal quality and liked what we found!

Ours
Our Certified Organic Green Tea & Seaweed Brown Rice Crackers $2.65 per 100g


Theirs

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 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.

Ours
Our Certified Organic Pepitas $1.71 per 100g


Theirs

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 the 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. Endosulfan affects the central nervous system and can cause damage to the kidneys, liver and testes. We compared our organic cashews with another conventional brand of equal premium quality. We came in less and without the nasties!

Ours
Our Raw Cashews, Premium Organic $29.38 per 1kg


Theirs

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 can help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and boost memory. But currently, there are 8 registered chemicals permitted for use in macadamia farming in Australia. One is chlorpyrifos, which is listed as one of Australia’s most dangerous pesticides. Atrazine is another one and is banned in most countries as it contaminates drinking water and is linked with reproductive diseases, including prostate cancer. Chemicals aside, we really want to support our Australian organic farmers too.

Ours
Our Organic Raw Australian Macadamias $27.85 per 500g


Theirs

Raw Macadamias from Toosh Foods $31.05 per 500g

Premium Raw Macadamias

 

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 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!

Ours
Our Certified Organic Goji Berries $3.21 per 100g


Theirs

Woolies Morlife Goji Berries  $5.30 per 100g

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 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!

Ours
Our Natural Organic Coconut Water $2.98 per litre



Theirs

Kara Coco Coconut Water from Doorstep Organics $5.25 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.

 


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