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“Why Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Cost More.” 1 5/5 (1)

We often assume that more expensive grocery items are better for us. Here’s how to shift your thinking.

When shopping for groceries and trying to decide between two items—say, brands of granola bars—how do you determine which is healthier? A lot of us automatically assume that the more expensive product is healthier, according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

The Ohio State University research, which was based on several experiments, found that the study volunteers attached more health value to foods they were told cost more money. They were also more likely to be skeptical of health claims they saw on the packages of cheaper items than on those of the more costly products.

According to Rebecca Reczek, Ph.D., an associate professor of marketing at Ohio State and one of the study’s authors, when we have little or no information about a product’s nutritional value, we tend to rely on price as an indicator of its healthfulness. This may be in part because the notion that healthy foods are always more expensive appears to be widespread.

“If you Google ‘healthy foods expensive,’ you find an incredible amount of advice out there trying to tell you how to shop healthy on a budget—implying that it’s actually very difficult,” Reczek says. But, reports Reczek, price doesn’t necessarily correlate with nutritional value.

Doing a little fact-checking as you shop can help you choose what’s good for both your health and your wallet. Here’s how.
6 Ways to Shop Smarter

1. Keep “healthy” in perspective. It’s true that in some cases, foods we may think of as healthier are costlier. For instance, organic foods are often more expensive than their nonorganic counterparts. It’s important to know, however, that while organic food is guaranteed to be pesticide- and antibiotic-free, it isn’t generally considered to be nutritionally superior. And some healthy foods are notably inexpensive: whole grains, beans, and peanut butter, for instance, especially if you choose store brands.

2. Resist the allure of such claims as “healthy” and “natural.” Technically, if manufacturers want to use the term “healthy” on a product, it must meet certain Food and Drug Administration nutrition standards. For example, products that contain fats can have no more than 1 gram of saturated fats per serving. And foods that bear the claim must contain less than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving.

But Consumer Reports’ nutrition experts say that those requirements exclude some important components of health; they make no mention of sugars, for instance. And the term “natural” isn’t regulated, so there’s no guarantee it means anything beneficial for your health.

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Why is happiness so Important for our good health? 1 5/5 (1)

In the current spirit of Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas Holidays, many of us may be thinking about our personal and family happiness, and good health. As such, why is happiness so important for good health? The professional and personal advice and opinions will differ, but most of us will agree that to be happy in life will enhance our well being, from personal experience. But there are some other interesting information for us to know about.

Some have said happiness is simple what you feel when what you want to happen eventually occurs. Or, it may involve a series of events that ultimately lead to a final result that makes us emotionally happy and contented. Unfortunately, throughout history and from all Continents of the World, many powerful rulers, wealthy persons, gifted university academics, talented artists, geniuses and the average person have all searched all the days of their lives and still never really achieved the happiness they desired. Some may have received short periods of contentment with some happiness, but not the real daily substantial happiness they personally needed in their lives. Some see this problem as troublesome when we want something or the other every moment of our lives. Our desire then become a problem which contribute to our unhappiness. Hence, we must explore the possibility of a life of no desires or at least minimum desires. Realistically, this may mean adjusting our life desires in line with our abilities and our real world provisions. But his does not exclude new ideas and explorations that can result in contributing to our happiness. See What is Happiness: How can we achieve Happiness…at

In our daily lives, we may have observed and have been informed that some people do take some essential and necessary things for granted in their lives. In the developed world, for example, it is said that some people take shelter, breakfast, lunch, dinner, clothing, cars, televisions, computers, vacations, freedom of speech, and thousands of other conveniences for granted. This can lead to their unhappiness as they demonstrate irritations and grumble often about simple delays or errors in their daily lives from interactions with some of those conveniences. While, there are millions of other people in countries around the world who are still waiting to receive access to many of the above example conveniences.

A scientific report stated that the countries (that is, people) that are happiest are those that are healthy, wealthy, and wise. But factors such as level of poverty and access to basic education do matter. Social cohesion and a stronger sense of national identity from small population have helped to produce better happiness. But of course, money matters. See Rating Countries for the Happiness Factor from Business Week at The key to happiness is still good health, but having money assist in achieving the desired good health and hence happiness. So countries like Denmark and Switzerland, for example, unlike most African countries that have not much wealth, are considered to have happier people. But in many countries, unfair economic free-market systems can be blamed for producing unhappiness due to insecurity and competition. So the frustration of the 21st century modern life and world system can play an adverse role in the endeavor to become a happy individual or nation.

Nevertheless, we need to know that happiness involves gratitude, appropriate forgiveness, optimism, hope, integrity, benevolence, and the ability to foster good harmonious relationships. These will benefit not only ourselves, but also the other people around us who come in contact with us on a daily basis. On the other side, there are behaviors that decrease happiness. These include, envy, some gossip, holding a grudge, sitting around doing nothing for a very long period of time when the opposite would help our happiness, pessimism, ingratitude, irresponsibility, lack of empathy, contempt and violence, among many others. And of course, these have undesirable effects upon other people as well. See Why is Happiness a Virtue at So our own happiness and good health have a lot to do with our personal thoughts and eventual manifestation of actions, that can then be considered to be not contributing to our happiness and health.

We need to know and be reminded that happy people do have younger hearts, arteries, and other vital human organs. When we are happy, we will more likely recover quickly from surgery, cope better with pain, have lower blood pressure, and have longer life expectancy than unfortunate unhappy people. Those who do regular check-up and exercise more are often happier people. And we are told that happy people may have stronger immune systems, and as such are less likely to get colds and flu viruses. If they do get those, their symptoms may very well only be mild. See Happiness and Your Health at Being positive is also a plus against colds and flu. Positive emotions play a larger and more important role in disease risk and health complaints. And of importance, we are reminded that depression is a mix of high negative emotions (such as sadness) and low positive emotions (like happiness).

Some would like us to know that, for those of us who are more concerned with creating a better world than a happier world, becoming much happier and helping others become happier may very well prove to be more effective means to this end. Happiness is not only essential to our personal and social lives, it is important to our global community. This is considered to be true because we are being told that unhappiness can breed wars and terrorism. Sometimes, a county may attack another because of dissatisfaction with certain international realities. Various social, political, religious, economic and other factors that are considered adverse to an individual and country welfare, can cause war – happy people, it is said, will not initiate unjust wars or commit acts of terror against others. See Why is Happiness so Important…at

Base on the above therefore, we are aware that happiness is really very important for our good health. Happiness will depend on the individual perspectives and actions in life, as well as the characteristics of the country in which they live. Happiness is not elusive, but takes consistent effort, honesty, sacrifice and other personal adjustments in life for it to be achieved in the interest of our good health.

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