What food cannot be saved on even in a crisis, so as not to pay with your own health.
The economic crisis – on a global, national or family scale – forces us to look for ways to cut costs, including through nutrition. However, if some products can be abandoned without any harm to the body or replaced with inexpensive analogues, then doctors categorically do not advise saving on others, so as not to pay for it with their own health.
If you are used to getting protein from animal products, do not substitute sausages and convenience foods for meat. There will be no benefit in them, but there are a lot of all kinds of harmful additives. If the prices of beef or pork bite too much, you can switch to chicken or turkey: they are nutritious, relatively inexpensive and also contain less fat. Do not forget about inexpensive but nutritious by-products, such as beef liver: it contains a record amount of iron and B vitamins.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are a valuable source of fiber, as well as all kinds of vitamins and minerals. If there are not enough of them in the diet, the digestive system will begin to malfunction. Therefore, potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, apples and other domestic fruits must be present in the diet. But from overseas “guests”, for example, pineapple, mango, lychee and kiwi, you can refuse without any harm to health.
Too cheap milk is another reason to be wary. Manufacturers can dilute the product or add vegetable fats to keep costs down. Even more dangerous, E. coli has been found in cheap milk more than once. Of course, expensive milk is sometimes counterfeited, but the low price almost always speaks of the appropriate quality.
You can often see a cheese product on store shelves: in appearance and taste it can be just like real cheese, but much cheaper. However, the difference between them is not only in price. A cheese product mainly consists of non-dairy fat: when processed, the fat becomes chemically active and, when it enters the human body, reacts with cells and destroys tissues. So, if health is dear to you, it is better to buy natural cheese less often than to replace it with cheap analogues.
A priori, high-quality olive oil cannot be cheap, because the production of 1 liter requires about 5 kg of olives. If the price is too tempting, most likely, an unscrupulous manufacturer has added cheap vegetable oils to their product. Such oil not only loses to natural in taste, but is also much less useful. Often a low-quality product is sold in plastic bottles: such a container is cheaper than glass, but completely kills all the valuable properties of the oil.
Sweets cannot be called a vital product, but not everyone can refuse them. If you can’t live without candy or cakes, then saving on them is not a good idea. All cheap treats are a source of hydrogenated fats, flavors, artificial colors and other harmful additives. Hypertension, obesity, cirrhosis, diseases of the cardiovascular system, allergies – this is just a small list of what threatens the regular use of such sweets.
Read the composition of the dessert carefully: a high-quality one should be made on the basis of butter, which means that it cannot be cheap. Better yet, cook sweets at home: this is also not too budgetary, but you will definitely know that there are no dubious ingredients in the composition.
What can you save on
Nutritionists are unanimous that food should be economized as a last resort. But if you do decide to cut back on food costs, we advise you to first of all give up “junk” food: fast food, soda, sausages, mayonnaise and ketchup. These foods are unhealthy and lacking in nutritional value – removing them from your diet is a huge favor for your body.
The rejection of yoghurts and curds in jars will not affect health: there are a lot of preservatives and sugar in them, but the benefits are almost zero. It is much cheaper and healthier to buy a package of regular kefir or fermented baked milk.
It is not shameful to save on cereals: for example, experts did not find a fundamental difference between expensive and cheap buckwheat brands.