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Let’s begin with another question.  How do you define healthier?  There’s more than one way to look at it.  If you’re referring to nutritional value, my short answer is no, although that’s over-simplified.  If you’re referring to overall health, most notably, physical health, my short answer is yes.  So, are organic nut butters healthier than non-organic nut butters?

Is Organic Food More Nutritious?

To say this is controversial is an understatement.  Some will swear it is more nutritious.  I opine that it is not.  In other words, I believe the food values are at least very similar, if not identical.  You’ll get the same amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and other nutrients from either one.

Therefore, if that’s all you’re concerned with, there’s no reason to concern yourself with anything else and no reason to spend the extra money on organic nut butters or any other organic foods.

Right?

If you ask me, which I know you haven’t, but if you did, I’d say, no, that’s not all I’m concerned with and yes there is definitely reason to concern yourself and myself with spending the extra money.

Is The Cost Of Food Your Only Concern?

Personally, I’m shocked, even appalled by the number of people who blindly opt for the most inexpensive (cheap) food they can find, while at the same time, assume that because something costs more (in this case food), it must be better.

The bottom line is there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about food, especially what’s good for an individual and what is not.

The truth is, there isn’t a simple answer and what we should all be doing is learning about ourselves and how the foods we eat affect us personally.  Furthermore, just because something is good for me, doesn’t mean it’s good for you and vice versa.

We should definitely also educate ourselves about the foods we eat.  For example:

  • Where it came from
  • Who produced it
  • When it was produced
  • How it was produced
  • What has been added or removed
  • Why there is such disparity in price for the same food

are-organic-nut-butters-healthier-than-non-organic-nut-buttersThe question of cost is not solely about financial.  There are other factors to consider.

Is Cost Measured Only In Dollars And Cents?

It seems to me that too many people spend more money on their cars and superficial things, not to mention unimportant and possibly unhealthy things than they spend on their health and well-being.

Our overall health is the single most important factor of our longevity and our very life.

In other words, although the amount of money we spend on food and other things must be considered, unless of course, you have an unlimited supply of funds and it doesn’t matter.  That’s not my story.  I’m one who watches every cent.  For me, cost is determined in terms of value.  Not only financial value, but overall value.  Overall value includes overall health.

How Important Is Your Overall Health To You?

I believe that knowing how to eat properly is the most basic form of education, yet it is so commonly overlooked.  I think everything we do, don’t do, buy, and don’t buy should be measured against our overall health.  If it’s not beneficial, we should know the risks and dangers, so if it’s not beneficial or is unhealthy, we need to at least be able to make informed decisions.

Therefore, when considering whether or not to buy organic food, the financial cost should not be the main factor that influences your decision.

What’s The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic Food?

In a word, the main difference is safety.  Assuming fraud is not involved and you’re actually getting what you pay for, organic food is safer for a variety of reasons:

  • Strict production regulations
  • No chemicals
  • No preservatives or additives
  • Generally fresher

For these reasons, it’s safer.  The nutritional value is probably the same but you’re getting nothing but food, not a lot of who knows what.  The who knows what could be poisonous to you and others.  Notice I said could be, not is.are-organic-nut-butters-healthier-than-non-organic-nut-butters

So, unless you know the food producer and what methods they use to produce the food they produce, where it’s produced, etc., as per the questions posed in a previous paragraph, it’s anyone’s guess what you’re really getting if you buy and eat conventionally produced food.

Food sales are a business like any other.  When profit outweighs safety, you should be concerned.

Does That Mean All Organic Food Is Healthy?

I’ll be blunt.  There’s a lot of organic junk. Much of it plays on the fact that a lot of consumers believe that organic always means healthy.   Remember, the difference is based on safety, which obviously plays a part in health, but just because it’s produced safely, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

For example, organic sugar is still just sugar.  All things considered, the organic sugar is safer for the reasons I’ve mentioned.  Too much sugar is not good no matter what.  The same goes for salt and all the other foods that are not good for us.  Don’t be fooled into believing that just because something is organic, that it’s healthy.  It’s simply not true.

On the other hand, just because something is not organic, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good for you.  You need to look beyond the price tag.  You need to know what you’re getting.

In the U.S., food producers must be certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to display their symbol.  The process is strict and can be costly.  There are food producers who are responsible and do care about things other than profit but who aren’t certified.

Look at it this way.  If you need construction work done on your home, if you know someone who does good work but who is not a licensed contractor, if you know and trust him/her, would you or would you not allow them to work on your home?  In other words, if you know what you’re getting is good quality and not polluted, even though it’s not certified, it could still be good.

What Do You Think?

Are organic nut butters healthier than non-organic nut butters?  With the information I’ve provided, you should be able to decide for yourself.  You know that the nutrition value is the same. You know you should concern yourself with more than the cost of food. You also know that cost is more than just money. You should be more concerned about health than financial cost. You know at least a little about the difference between organic and non-organic food and that organic doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, although it is safer. So, treat yourself well. You can buy or make your own nut butter based on what’s best for you.

Leave questions or comments about this article in the comments section.

  1. My girlfriend and I have recently switched to organic peanut butter. Yes the cost is a little more but I’m ok with that. I was never a fan of the additives in some of the non-organic peanut butter so we decided to make the switch. Pretty darn happy with our decision.

    • Hi Nick, good for you. I’m glad you value the safety of your food more than a little bit of your money.  You might try making your own at home.  It’s not all the much cheaper but it’s fun and it’s fresh.  You can’t get any fresher than making it yourself at home.  Take care.

      Bob

  2. Organic and non-organic, is the question on everyone’s mind that is for sure.  Your topic is such an important issue these days.  Yes the cost of organic is more and not always better, so I think your post about doing your homework essentially is the answer.

    What is it I am buying, where does it comes from and of course price, is always important.  I have really been trying to be so conscience of what I am buying.  Recently I have been making a conscious effort to try to buy organic if it seems like it is much wiser choice.  Nut butter to me seems like something that I would prefer to buy locally, so that way I know everything about it.  I had a guy doing a tasting of a nut butter in my local grocery store and it was more expensive, but fantastic.  Listening to him tell me all about his processing for the nut butter and how it was all natural convinced me to buy it.  Delicious.

    I really loved your post so keep up the good work.

    • Thanks for your kind words Coralie.  Quality is usually worth the price, although price does not guarantee quality. Education is the key.  Knowing how to eat properly, in my opinion, is the most basic form of education.  I’m amazed at how many “educated” people seem to not really know how to eat properly.  Take care.

      Bob

  3. Hi Bob! Thank you for answering this question for me. I had my doubts concerning organic products and you have clarified the point very well. Not everything that has the organic label is healthy. But I do understand that purchasing organic nut butter is better for our health, even though it could be a bit more expensive.

    • Hi Ann, yes, unfortunately most of the time, organic foods are more expensive.  The reason is generally because organic yields are usually as high as conventional, not to mention the regulations that organic farmers must adhere to.  To me, it’s worth the extra money, at least most of the time.  Take care.

      Bob

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