How to Buy Natural Food

Buying natural food is a healthy alternative to buying prepackaged, processed food. The nutritional content in whole, natural foods is higher due to less processing and additives in the food. Although it can be a bit more expensive there are a few steps you can take to get the natural food that you want at a reasonable price.


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    Buy in bulk:
    • When shopping for natural and organic foods, buying in bulk can save you a lot of time and money.
    • Products like grains, seeds and nuts are often far cheaper when
      you're buying them in bulk.
    • Make sure you calculate the savings on other products.
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    Attend farmers' markets:
    • Farmers' markets offer locally grown produce and other natural foods at a lower price, because you're buying directly from the distributor, in this case the farmer.
    • Talking to the farmer. You may be able to get a lower price if you buy in bulk or plan on buying from him or her on a consistent basis.
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    Join a co-op:
    • These member-owned organizations offer discounts to participants. Co-ops are stocked with a wide variety of natural, organic and local foods.
    • In addition, many co-ops have hot natural food prepared that you can get for lunch or bring home for dinner.
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    Purchase a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share:
    • Farmers who grow organic products work with distributors or as a distributor and assemble produce boxes with seasonal produce for pickup or delivery to consumers.
    • You pay a fee up front for the growing season and often a small fee on a weekly or monthly basis.
    • Prices are generally far less than buying from a grocery store. Consumers receive a box on a weekly basis filled with whatever produce the farmer has harvested that week.
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    Buy in-season:
    • Organic produce that is in season often costs less money, because there is so much more product.
    • For example, if it's strawberry season it might benefit you to buy a large quantity at a lower price and freeze the excess.
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    Purchase store brands:
    • Many large-chain grocery stores have store brands that offer natural and organic products.
    • The money you'll save from not buying a mainstream brand is sometimes dramatic.
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    Look for the natural food aisle at your local grocery store:
    • Many stores nationwide have entire sections with natural and organic products.
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    Buy food online.
    • Many online stores and distributors are making natural dried foods available for purchase.
    • You often end up paying less if it is in bulk and, depending on where you purchase the products from, you may not have to pay sales tax. An online search should yield many results.
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    Read labels:
    • When you're buying processed food like cereals, bread, frozen meals and more be sure to read the label.
    • When a product is labeled "natural" it doesn't necessarily mean it is free from pesticides and preservatives.
    • Be sure you're buying foods that have a short list of ingredients.
    • In general, the more ingredients on the list, the more chemicals and other unnatural ingredients the product has. Look for organic ingredients to be sure you're buying quality food.

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