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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 11, 2008

THINGS I BUY AT COSTCO:

 

$25.50 olive oil (two 2-ltr. Bottles) or $13 for 1.5 ltr. bottle of organic

$11 34-oz. balsamic vinegar

$7.50 for two jars of 28-oz. natural, organic peanut butter

$5.70   giant box of Grape Nuts (64 oz.) (for emergency or traveling breakfasts)

 

THINGS I BUY OTHER PLACES:

 

$13 for a case of 9 young Thai coconuts (Asian market)

$0.50/can beans of all kinds–on case lot sales at grocery stores

$2 for a bunch of greens (kale, collards)

$0.49-.69/lb. for fruit (wash, chop, and freeze it in baggies when you get this price)

$3 for large pineapples (cut in chunks and freeze for GS)

 

THINGS I GET IN GROUP BUYS (my own co-op or others):

 

$76 for a 60# bucket of raw local honey

 

$3/lb. for almonds–my local group buys, 50# boxes for $150

 

$41/gal. is good for coconut oil (see my store), even below $45/gal. is really good for organic, virgin–why buy a small tub? It keeps for 2 yrs. on the shelf.

 

$32.50/gallon for agave (raw, organic)–my local group buys

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7 thoughts on “High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    make the words “see my store” a link to your store’s coconut oil page, please!

  2. Anonymous says:

    where do you get agave and what is it? (seen people use it as a sweetener in recipes and have been trying to find out more about it!)

  3. http:// says:

    Agave is a liquid (syrup) sweetener that has 1/3 the glycemic impact on your blood sugar as sugar or honey, with a neutral flavor. It is from the cactus plant and is usually sold raw, so its nutrition is higher. You can get it from health food stores. I get it for my local group buyers in cases of 4 gallons for $130.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I have been buying Agave at the local store (Madava brand), while reading on a site about agave, I read that some have cane juice added to them. See this site if you don’t mind: http://www.volcanicnectar.com/agavenectarproducts.html

    They are supposed to have original blue agave nectar with no cane juice added. Of course, it is about $70./gallon. What do you know about this company in comparison to Madava vs. what you use????? I need to get some more as I am running low. Please advise. Thanks, Kim

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    Agave being produced internationally, it’s part of that wild and woolly world that isn’t always very regulated . . . or very honest.

    I have read that agave manufacturing in Mexico sometimes cuts the product with HFCS (corn syrup).

    I request to see the organic certificate from the company I buy through, for local group buys. I can tell when I eat something with HFCS in it; I seem to have a built-in radar. Barring that, do a little digging into a company’s background and certifications.

    Robyn

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you know anything specific about the Madava brand??? My bottle says that it is a product of Mexico, BUT it says that it is packed and distributed by a company out of Colorado. It also says that there are no additives or preservatives and that it is certified USDA organic. Should I be leery since it is a product of Mexico or do I rest assured when it says that there are no additives or preservatives? In a quandry . . .

  7. http:// says:

    Yeah, it’s a quandary because a lot, if not most, agave IS made in Mexico, including good brands. Madhava has a good reputation. But I don’t know, so in the end you have to rely on the USDA certificate. Or, so you know how to do muscle testing on yourself, or do have a practitioner friend who can test it? HFCS won’t test well for ANYONE, being the poison that it is. Not that I think muscle testing is foolproof, and a lot of people certainly question it as a science, but I have seen some really interesting, pretty undeniable, results from it.

    Robyn

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